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The Exactis Data Breach: What Consumers Need to Know

By Gary Davis on Jun 28, 2018

There are data breaches, and then there are data breaches. For example, who could forget the Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of over half of the citizens of the United States? And now, a breach of similar magnitude has emerged, as a security researcher has discovered that marketing firm Exactis’ database was sitting on a publicly accessible server. Specifically, there were two versions of the database exposed online, each with around 340 million records—roughly two-thirds on consumers and the rest on businesses.

So how did Exactis have this much data in the first place? The Florida-based marketing firm collects and trades consumer data in order to refine the accuracy of targeted ads. Which is precisely what makes this breach so crucial, as the information exposed is highly personal.

The leaked data includes people’s phone numbers, home and email addresses, interests, and the number, age, and gender of their children. As of now, credit card information and Social Security numbers don’t appear to have been leaked.
The behavioral data involved in this leak, alongside the personal information, makes this breach particularly concerning because of how this information can be used by cybercriminals to improve the success of socially engineered attacks. For instance, crooks can use such personal information in phishing attacks over email or social media. Now, cybercriminals can enact highly personalized attacks against consumers, who will already be faced with potentially fraudulent activity against their names.

Therefore, it’s important consumers immediately take action to protect their personal security and identity. To do just that, follow these tips:
Keep an eye out for sketchy emails and messages. Cybercriminals can leverage this stolen information for phishing emails and social engineering scams. So, if you see something sketchy or from an unknown source in your email inbox or a social media message, be sure to avoid clicking on any links provided. Better to just delete the email or message entirely.

Set up an alert. Though this data breach does not compromise financial data, this personal data can still be used to obtain access to financial accounts. Therefore, it’s best to proactively place a fraud alert on your credit so that any new or recent requests undergo scrutiny. This also entitles you to extra copies of your credit report, so you can check for anything suspicious. If you find an account you did not open, report it to the police or Federal Trade Commission, as well as the creditor involved so you can close the fraudulent account.

Invest in an identity theft solution. With this breach, almost every American adult could be facing the possibility of identity theft. That’s precisely why they should leverage an identity theft solution such as McAfee Identity Theft Protection, which allows users to take a proactive approach to protecting their identities with personal and financial monitoring and recovery tools to help keep their identities personal and secured.

Can't give the LINK, my McAfee logged in.., Sorry.
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I think it was on purpose cause ever since I've had weird pop ups on my phone. On my computer I downloaded Avast safe browser. Got rid of my regular chrome browser. Never use Firefox or very vulnerable Edge/ Internet explorer.
You need to get rid of McGaffee ; it puts sh*t on your computer. Uninstall it and install avast and Ccleaner. Every now and then download the free version of malware bytes and then uninstall it till you wanna run it again.
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I think it was on purpose cause ever since I've had weird pop ups on my phone. On my computer I downloaded Avast safe browser. Got rid of my regular chrome browser. Never use Firefox or very vulnerable Edge/ Internet explorer.
You need to get rid of McGaffee ; it puts sh*t on your computer. Uninstall it and install avast and Ccleaner. Every now and then download the free version of malware bytes and then uninstall it till you wanna run it again.
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Really? I do think after speaking with others that Cox Communications uses a McAfee (set to their system) almost like the one McAfee sells but for Cox users free.
I was told I need to allow Cox's McAfee Techs do a remote connection and wipe out my McAfee and install theirs.

Should stop all this auto crap..
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Really? I do think after speaking with others that Cox Communications uses a McAfee (set to their system) almost like the one McAfee sells but for Cox users free.
I was told I need to allow Cox's McAfee Techs do a remote connection and wipe out my McAfee and install theirs.

Should stop all this auto crap..
yes unless you know the person well and he/she's a tech person do not let anyone remotely handle anything. I did that once with a hack that was pretending to be Microsoft. took me hours to get back to normal.

Just go to the little windows icon on start menu (last thing way to left on bottom of computer screen) click it , then >>settings >>Apps >>might have to click apps again >>choose and click McAfee >>choose uninstall.

Then download "Avast!" free version or whatever you want. They do offer free extras two to three times per year so I don't pay though some prefer to get the bells and whistles. The main free version is sufficient for most things.

Or search google play store/ google aps and find an antivirus from there.
Get rid of McAfee first as it will block the new one.

Run a complete scan for a baseline and follow instructions. you're good to go.
I'm still using Ccleaner you recommended
It had a bug awhile back but it's fine now. I had to remove it and use a generic till they got it fixed.

I download free malware bytes two or three times a year or as needed for deep cleaning of bugs. then take it off my computer so it doesn't say "your free version has expired."
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yes unless you know the person well and he/she's a tech person do not let anyone remotely handle anything. I did that once with a hack that was pretending to be Microsoft. took me hours to get back to normal.

Just go to the little windows icon on start menu (last thing way to left on bottom of computer screen) click it , then >>settings >>Apps >>might have to click apps again >>choose and click McAfee >>choose uninstall.

Then download "Avast!" free version or whatever you want. They do offer free extras two to three times per year so I don't pay though some prefer to get the bells and whistles. The main free version is sufficient for most things.

Or search google play store/ google aps and find an antivirus from there.
Get rid of McAfee first as it will block the new one.

Run a complete scan for a baseline and follow instructions. you're good to go.
I'm still using Ccleaner you recommended
It had a bug awhile back but it's fine now. I had to remove it and use a generic till they got it fixed.

I download free malware bytes two or three times a year or as needed for deep cleaning of bugs. then take it off my computer so it doesn't say "your free version has expired."
Thanks but thanks, I had Avast and dropped it.. COX Communications is a business and has a deal with McAfee for their system..

If I contact them I guess I won't be hacked..
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