In one of the largest-ever data leaks, Exactis, a Florida-based marketing and data-aggregation firm, has exposed more than 340 million data records. This number exceeds the previous record data breach held by Experian. In that fiasco, information from about 150 million Americans was exposed.
If you’ve never heard of Exactis, you’re probably not alone. This data breach should underscore what you should already know: Thousands of corporations around the world are trafficking in (and profiting from) your personal data. Also, few of these companies will ever be held civilly or criminally liable for exposing your data to malicious parties.
Quick Tip: You may never completely secure your privacy, especially if you’ve already let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Your best bet is to minimize your exposure going forward. Do this by restricting your use of social media and social media apps. Also, you can prevent your ISP from either selling your data or giving it to the government by using a paid VPN service.