A data breach is when confidential information is taken from a device without the knowledge or authorization of its owner. A breach like this can happen at your workplace or on your own personal computer system. There are multiple types of information—personal, financial, health, and business—that can be leaked this way.

How to protect the personal information on your device

  • Install anti-malware and antivirus software.
  • Back up files so that they aren’t lost if an attack occurs.
  • Be careful what you download. Scammers will try phishing tricks and clickbait tactics to make you open a link and download harmful software.
  • Never log in from a link sent via messaging or email. Go to the site’s direct page and then log in that way. And always ensure you’re logging on through a secure Wi-Fi.

What to do if your information is stolen.

If your information does get leaked or stolen, don’t panic. There are things you can do to lessen the impact.

  • Change your passwords. If your passwords are the same or similar, change all your passwords and not just the one that was leaked.
  • Constantly check for updates to the situation. Whether it be with your bank, credit union, or work place, it’s important to stay up-to-date and try to resolve the issue quickly.
  • Contact the Federal Trade Commission. Visit to report identity theft.
  • Freeze your credit and cancel your cards. Depending on the severity of the breach, act accordingly. If you notice unsolicited purchases are being made from either a debit or credit card, be sure to contact your provider as soon as possible to cancel the cards affected.
  • Watch your bank accounts and credit reports, If something seems off, contact your financial institution and the Federal Trade Commission.

By following all of these tips, you can help ensure that your information, identity, and devices stay safe as you surf the web.

Adapted from the article “50 Internet Safety Tips for 2023,” published by Deseret First Credit Union”.


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