Below are the steps to take after a data leak.
If your password is compromised, change your password on all websites that currently use it. When changing your password, here are some tips to ensure your online accounts are more secure:
- Make sure you don’t use the same password twice on any online accounts.
- Use Trend Micro ID Security’s Password Checker to see if a password you are creating or changing had circulated on the Dark Web. Avoid using a leaked password.
- Turn on two-factor authentication on any website that offers it. It adds an extra layer of protection that makes it nearly impossible to defeat.
If your credit card number is compromised, contact your card issuer and follow their instructions to have the card canceled.
If your bank account information is compromised, contact your bank and follow their instructions to secure your account and funds.
If your social security number is compromised, there are several things you should do:
- Report the identity theft to the responsible government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
- File a police report with your local jurisdiction. While your city or county may not be able to investigate this crime, having a police report can help you to recover from losses resulting from identity theft.
- Request a credit freeze with each of the three major consumer credit bureaus. A credit freeze will not affect your credit score, but it will prevent your credit report from being accessed by lenders and used to open new accounts, rent apartments, apply for loans, etc.
- Request an extended fraud alert from the consumer credit bureaus (if you have filed a police report), which lasts for seven years.
- Contact the fraud department of any company where you suspect the fraudulent use of your social security number. Let them know that you have been the victim of identity theft and follow that company's guidance on changing all of your login and password information.
- Request a free credit report. Look for and dispute any information you believe to be fraudulent.