On March 31, 2011, the security system at Epsilon was breached. Epsilon is a marketing firm that provides permission-based email marketing and database hosting. When they first noted the breach, they made sure to warn their clients about opening unfamiliar e-mails. These clients include Best Buy, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank, Walgreens, Disney, Barclays Bank, U.S. Bancorp, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, L.L. Bean, Home Shopping Network, and TiVo. Because of the breach, the personal information of customers who gave their e-mails to the companies listed above is at risk.
Having personal information exposed on the internet is very dangerous. Although there are many people right now who are worried about the status of their information due to the breach, there are some things you can do to avoid being in this situation.
- Avoid saving information, such as credit card info, on shopping sites.
- Do not use the same password for all of your online accounts, especially online bank accounts, email accounts, and social networking websites.
- Always think before providing information when solicited.
- Look into and use advanced techniques such as encryption or anonymous browsing.
Remember to always be careful and vigilant with the information you share on the internet. Do not open any emails that are from an unfamiliar address. If the email appears to come from someone you know, call them to confirm if they did, indeed, send it to you. I hope that Epsilon is able to recover any lost information.