Are you safe from a data breach?
It's something that has become a common occurrence these days: huge data breaches, like the one reported by Capital One last week. And what makes data theft such a pain is that repeated incursions into financial records can create a large enough set of data that can be used to impersonate just about anyone.
The non-profit group Identity Theft Resource Center reports the number of reported breaches last year was 1,244, a slight drop over the year before. But it says the total number of records exposed more than doubled, to 447 million.
That suggests hackers are focusing on larger companies and organizations -which can produce bigger data payoffs.