In the wake of the fallout from the Ashley Madison hack online reputation management service Status Labs is offering free advice and counseling to victims of could be one of the biggest hacking scandals of all time.
Personal identification details including: email addresses, locations and even credit card numbers were leaked, exposing millions of people to scrutiny. Status Labs has received numerous calls from concerned individuals including: lawyers, accountants, government employees and even small business owners who are concerned about the damage to their reputation this data breach may cause. Status Labs believes regardless of the person’s intentions when they joined Ashley Madison a single mistake should not ruin someone’s life.
Darius Fisher, President of Status Labs, has stated “spectators should not include about this hack” believing it’s just a matter of time for we are all victims of some sort of hack. He believes if large corporations such as: Target, Home Depot, Sony and even the US government were vulnerable, then eventually you will be affected by hack as well.
Mr. Fisher has provided some guidance about how to protect your online privacy and prevent exposing yourself to these type of acts. First, he recommends protecting your address and keeping it private, this includes regularly removing your information from data brokers such as PeopleSmart. Next, Mr. Fisher recommends that most people keep their social media posts private. He believes that only public figures or someone with a business need should be making public posts on social media sites and all posts should be considered carefully before posting.
In addition to keeping your address and social media posts private Mr. Fisher recommends changing your passwords at least four times a year using a different password for each social media account. He advises simply write them down on a piece of paper and storing them in a desk drawer instead of using the online password manager that could itself be hacked.
Mr. Fisher also recommends Googling your name from time to time to see what people find when they search your name, this he says should be done after clearing your browser history and while logged out of the browser. Are you unhappy with what he found? What can you do about it? First, Mr. Fisher says purchase your own domain name you create a website or at least post your resume there as a placeholder.
The Ashley Madison data breach as open the eyes of many people just need to take online privacy seriously. By following Darius Fisher’s advice we can all rest a little easier knowing we are not likely to find our private information posted online for the world to see.