A data breach is a confirmed incident in which sensitive, confidential or otherwise protected data has been accessed and/or disclosed in an unauthorized fashion. Data breaches may involve personal health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), trade secrets or intellectual property.

As part of our managed IT services, Meeting Tree Computer offers Dark Web Monitoring. This around-the-clock monitoring involves constantly scouring millions of sources like the dark web and other private and public forums for signs of compromised credentials from a data breach. We can securely see if your credentials or other information associated with your email address (and other data) are for sale on the dark web.

When we alert someone to a breach, we let you know what next steps you should take to resolve the issue or suggestions to deal with the information provided in order to ensure that your identity and your company is safe.

Here are the 5 things to do when alerted to a breach:

  1. Read the alerts on the breach. Check out what actions have already been taken to remediate and limit the damage. The company that was breached may have already taken action – reset your password, for example, or they may be offering credit monitoring.
  2. Determine what information was affected: https://www.identitytheft.gov/info-lost-or-stolen. It might be user-names and passwords or more. From there you can determine how to react. For one thing, if your password was breached, you will need to change it. On the other hand, if sensitive personal information was leaked, you will want to enact more extreme measures
  3. Change all the passwords associated with the breached account. Change that password on the affected site immediately. If you reuse the same password on other sites, change those to something unique and secure.
  4. If payment information was stolen, alert your bank immediately. Keep an eye on your accounts for fraudulent purchases for a few days as well.
  5. Get a fraud alert from the credit-reporting bureaus. If personal information was requested, this will provide peace of mind that no one will be opening a new credit card in your name with your social security number.

If you think your information may have been involved in a data breach, don't wait, get a confidential Dark Web check today!

At Meeting Tree Computer, we are happy to assist you in managing your business technology in a way that best suits your business needs and priorities. For more information, Contact MTC today at (845) 237-2117, we are the local IT Support and Managed Services Provider for Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess and the surrounding counties, and we're happy to provide a free Business Technology Assessment for you and your business, and help you determine what your business needs technology-wise. We handle IT so you don’t have to.