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Caught in the River City Media Data Breach — 10 Comments

  1. Waoooo what an eye opening and breathe taking review. Over time many of us freely give out our information in the name of some sign ups and a whole lot of free stuffs online.  Unknowingly,  these are detrimental to our Data safety.  

    So let me ask,  once you got owned,  how do you then liberate yourself and what measures can one take to avoid beung pwned? 

    Are there data protection agencies that helps in ensuring safety in online space??  

    • Hi Olonisakin,

      It sure is something to find out how vulnerable we are today. Absolutely, so many sites have our data. River City was operating those little check your credit ads you still see today. Then you were on their mailing list and spammed! 

      Once you get Pawned(owned), your data is always out there in the Dark Web somewhere? All you can do is make sure you have very difficult and hard to crack passwords in place! Get rid of simple 5 letter passwords, and duplicate ones. I used to use the same password over and over. That is the worst thing you can ever do! The bad guys will check all your accounts. They have all you information! Random passwords are best, I use keypass now, and I generate passwords of at least 15 characters long! It is a pain, but I feel much better about my financial passwords.

      You can use stuff like lifelock, but that is sold by the people who left our data get stolen in the first place, can you trust them with you data?

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, 

      Chas

  2. Hi and thanks for this very informative article. I am very glad that I have never personally suffered a hack or data breach like this. But I guess that it really could happen to anyone. I notice that when these things happen, the company in question can be really slow in acknowledging that it happened in the first place. Thanks for filling me in on lots of new terminology I was not aware of. Kenny

    • Hi Kenny,

      Well don’t be so sure that you haven’t been involved in any data breeches. I never was told I got Caught in the river city data breach, I found out by accident. You can go to Troy Hunts website and find out if you have been pawned.

      In this case is sounds a bit fishey that the people have a security product they are selling and they have their back door standing open? Anyway, the damage is done now! You are welcome, Kenny.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment,

      Chas

  3. Hi! This is a very informative and frankly, rather frightening post. 

    I have to agree with you that Equifax should be giving free protection to everyone exposed for life not just a measly two years. The conspiracy side of me thinks that they may have welcomed the leaks hence why they didn’t announce the exposures sooner. No action is a form of action after all and it worked to their benefit. The worse part of all is you can’t control it if they have your information since they are a credit reporting agency. You have credit? They have your info period.

    I do have a question regarding that website, haveibeenpwned. Do you know if this website is legit? I have serious trust issues with giving any information online. 

    Thanks for all the info. I will have to take the security of my information much more seriously!

    • Hi Tina,

      It sure is, and it is a reality, unfortunately. You have it absolutely correct! There was no hurry for them to do anything, because it was good for business, the more data stolen, the better for them! The even sat before congress and told them how they had no idea the data was being stolen! It happened before, twice!!!

      Yes they have our data, and got it for free, to use for reporting to others for a fee, then they make money for protecting it, after they let it get stolen. NICE huh?

      I had the same doubts you do, and let me tell you, I was told by security people that Tony Hunt is one of the good guys! He does that service as a favor to help others. and runs checks everyday looking for our data being sold on the black web. I even gave him my address to alert me if he finds my email address exposed anywhere. He will send you a notice for free, I haven’t gotten any yet!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, it is appreciated,

      Chas

  4. Oh man this is terrible! I think I had heard about this happening before awhile back. Its not just an uncanny coincidence that these breaches happened 3 times and then lo and behold Lifelock gets all these new customers because people don’t want their identies stolen – I’m sorry but that is just pure BS! It is so obvious this was planned out for the benefit of the Lifelock ( and ultimately for the PURE benefit of Equifax ) TOTAL extortion ! How terrible. Well lucky for me my credit is bad, it hs been bad for years because of unpaid ambulance and hospital bills. I have never been approved of a credit card. No one wants my info, so I am safe. 

    • Hi Sophia,

      It is enough to make you sick to you stomach. You got it. Hard to believe they expect you to buy the crap it was some kind of hacking, but they left the back door wide open. Nobody had to hack them, it was exposed for anyone to take it, and they guys who can use it for no good gobbled it up! Yep, then I think that Equifax sold it to someone else, and now the other guy can sell it back to us with a clean conscience I suppose?

      I am sorry to hear about all you troubles with you health, i hope all is well now. You could check out my Credit Aid Article to help you fix your credit again. But then again, you have a point!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment,

      Chas

  5. data breaches are scary even if I haven’t been affected by one.

    The problem I find is that big companies who are obviously the ones targeted aren’t serious about data security.  There are a lot of Buzz media statements released by companies that don’t make me feel any better than before their data breach or the hiding of their data breach.

    Paying for personal security is a scam as well because these companies nickel and dime us to death and we really don’t know how secure they are.

    I’m not completely convinced the people out there responsible for our data are in it for us.

    • Hi Stew,

      Are you sure you haven’t been involved in a data breech? They didn’t call and tell me that I was Caught in the River City Media Breech, I found out entirely by accident. As Troy Hunt says, we are all pawned! Go to his website and check, it’s free and you might find out- You’ve been Pawned!

      Of course the security thing is a scam! Lifelock was a product developed by the wonderful people who own the Credit Bureaus, Transunion, and Equifax! They left the door wide open for our data to be stolen! Why is sounds like a set up, doesn’t it! And now they send you ads for you to pay them for keeping your data safe? The same ones who left the door open! Nope, they are not in it for us! They are in it for themselves!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment,

      Chas

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