You Have Been Hacked

Hardly a week passes without a new report of a new virus, spyware, malware, phishing schemes, or Trojan horse programs. Not to mention corporate data breaches, ransomware, remote hacking, and ATM skimmers. If it’s not clear to you by now millions of people are trying to steal your data and get to your money.

According to the security company Kaspersky, 34.2 percent of computer users experienced at least one Web attack in 2015. More than 750,000 computers were infected with ransomware, with a steady increase every quarter.

More than likely, one of these activities affects you and me.

Hack Notice

The Solution

To be sure, we are all storing more information online than ever before. In fact, the average user has at least 90 online accounts. Moreover, with each new account comes another password to remember. You probably know that each of these sites should have a unique and strong password. But if you’re like me, I have a hard enough time remembering just a handful of different passwords. And most of my passwords share common characteristics or are the same. This is the wrong approach to online security.

But before we go much further, allow me to define a “strong password.” A strong password consists of at least six characters (and the more characters, the stronger the password) that are a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (@, #, $, %, etc.) if allowed. Passwords are typically case-sensitive, so a strong password contains letters in both uppercase and lowercase.

So a strong password would be something like this: ->174j!3|>j-*Tr

The Solution

Now can you image remembering 90 or more different strong passwords? if you anything like me I have trouble just remembering all the family’s birth dates. A task like remembering a 90 or more strong passwords is beyond my capabilities. So that begs the question, how do you effectively manage these accounts while keeping them safe at the same time?

Don’t worry; I have a super easy solution!

The Solution

Everykey is a tiny bluetooth device that provides virtually impenetrable password security for BOTH password protected websites AND Bluetooth devices. It auto-creates complex passwords, automatically logs people in and out of devices and websites, and protects their passwords using military grade AES 128-bit encryption. Read more about Everykey by clicking this link: The Solution

If you’re still thinking, do I really need something like this, keep reading.

Large Data Breaches in the News

Remember these are big companies with a staff of computer and security experts. If they can be hacked, what makes you think that you can’t be?

  • Yahoo
    • Breach       :  August 2013
    • Notice to Users :  December 2016
    • Account Affected: 1,000,000,000

Yahoo has not yet identified the intrusion associated with the theft.

  • Yahoo
    • Breach        :  Late 2014
    • Notice to Users :  September 2016
    • Accounts Affected: 500,000,000

The stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions, and answers.

  • Target
    • Breach        :  End of 2013
    • Notice to Users   :  Early 2014
    • Accounts Affected: 110,000,000
  • VTech
    • Breach        :  End of 2013
    • Notice to Users  :  Early 2014
    • Accounts Affected: 4,833,678

Account passwords and security questions. However, VTech was also storing photos of both parents and children, along with chat logs and audio recordings. A hacker was easily able to get his hands on 190 gigabytes of images.

  • LinkedIn
    • Breach        :
    • Notice to Users  :
    • Accounts Affected: 164,611,595
  • Adobe
    • Breach       : October 2013
    • Notice to Users :
    • Account Affected: 152,445,165

Adobe accounts were breached with each containing an internal ID, username, email, encrypted password and a password hint in plain text. The password cryptography was poorly done and many were quickly resolved back to plain text. The unencrypted hints also disclosed much about the passwords adding further to the risk that hundreds of millions of Adobe customers already faced.

  • Dropbox
    • Breach        :  Mid-2012
    • Notice to Users :  August 2016
    • Accounts Affected: 68,648,009
  • Tumblr
    • Breach        :
    • Notice to Users :
    • Accounts Affected: 65,648,009
  • Sony
    • Breach :  2011
    • Notice to Users :  2012
    • Accounts Affected: 65,648,009

The breaches spanned various areas of the business ranging from the PlayStation network all the way through to the motion picture arm, Sony Pictures.

  • Quest Diagnostics
    • Breach       :  November 26, 2016
    • Notice to Users :  December 2016
    • Account Affected: 34,000

Data accessed included name, date of birth, lab results, and, in some instances, phone numbers.

Here are some of the World’s Biggest Data Breaches

In a shocking visualization of the latest and biggest data breaches

What About You Personally?

Are you curious if one of your accounts may have been part of a data breach? If so you can check on the site “”  This site checks for reported hacks by email address data. So if your email address or addresses were part of a reported breach, you will probably find it on the “Have I Been Pwned” site.

So what is “ pwned”?  It is a corruption of the word “Owned.” This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, [your name] “has been owned.” Instead, it said, [your name ] “has been pwned.”

It basically means “to own” or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force

Click Here to check if you have been part of a data breach:

What Can I do? The Solution