GDPR Could Mean ‘Hackers Can Access All Your Online Data’

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In light of the news this morning that GDPR could mean that ‘hackers can access all your online data’, please find below comment from David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kasperksy Lab.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kasperksy Lab:

“GDPR enforcement presents an opportunity for positive change for customers, who now have the opportunity to find out exactly what data is being held on them – and what it’s being used for. Of course, wherever data is stored, there’s the risk that it can be stolen.  We’ve become used to seeing reports of online providers’ systems being compromised in order to steal large amounts of data.  But this isn’t the only way that our data can be compromised. Consumers should value their data as much as the money in their wallets and purses, and – as they would their physical possessions – take steps to protect it. Being vigilant online – whether using a computer, laptop, mobile or tablet– should be second nature, but it often isn’t. Undertaking simple steps, such as protecting all devices, applying updates to operating system and applications, using unique, complex passwords for online accounts and reviewing default settings on social media can significantly help to reduce the risk. It’s also important to avoid clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited e-mail and other messages.”

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