Tip #24 – Dude, Where are My Credentials?

Credential theft is the most common and costly of all cybercrimes, yet most don’t understand the threat…and many don’t even know when they’ve been victimized.

In the next few articles, we’re going to explore the nature of these attacks, how to determine if you’ve been compromised, what to do after a theft, and ways to proactively protect yourself and your law firm’s security.

SSST#24 Dude Where are my Credentials

The Danger

Major data breaches occur so often that we’ve become numb to them as news, especially during the pandemic. Nowadays, to make headlines, breaches often need well over 200 million accounts compromised! Failing to perceive the potential of personal exposure, we tend to tune out such stories.

“What’s somebody gonna do with my Twitter account – post a lame meme?” they wryly ask. “So long as I change my Netflix password before they ruin my watch list, I’ll be fine.”

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Hackers don’t swipe credentials to access that same service; they take them knowing many passwords are recycled out of laziness or convenience. The average consumer uses a password four times — so cracking your forgotten Food Network account gains entry to three more platforms; is one of them your bank, your credit card, your firm’s case management software, or file sharing service?

Detection

Early detection of compromised credentials is critical but often proves elusive. With breaches regularly undetected or ignored, victims remain unaware that their passwords have been stolen…and thus take no countermeasures. 

Thieves then bundle your credentials and sell them on the Dark Web to hackers whose algorithms try accounts all over the Internet looking to get a hit and steal your data, your money, or your identity.

So, how can you tell if your credentials have been compromised?

Relying on service providers to quickly detect breaches or promptly provide notification has proven a losing strategy – the only way to get ahead of the problem is to monitor the Dark Web itself.

We can do that.

Scanning the Shadows

Monitoring the Dark Web is like keeping tabs on the underworld to see what ill-gotten goods are available: if your credentials are there, it’s clear they’ve been stolen, and time for protective action.

Continuous Dark Web monitoring is also included as part of our Security+ plan.
We’re happy to dig in the dirt to keep your security pristine.

Our eight-layer security solution also incorporates measures to prevent theft in the first place, limit damage in the aftermath, and recoup losses in case of disaster – more on those steps in the coming weeks.

Eye-Opening Conclusion

Credential antics are not victimless crimes, but they often leave clueless victims – don’t be one of them. Discovering that your credentials are compromised BEFORE the damage is done can be the difference between life and death for yourself and your firm.

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