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Breaches could happen without you knowing - be prepared

How Vulnerable Is Your Data

A little more than a month ago there was a relatively small announcement made about a vulnerability in CloudFlare’s infrastructure. Most people who glanced over the headlines were probably not worried at all and may have simply asked the question, “What or who is CloudFlare?”.

When we hear about breaches or potential breaches it is usually associated with a big name and relatively easy for individuals to to judge their exposure.

What makes the CloudFlare vulnerability especially concerning is that the infrastructure is used by some 5.5 million websites on the Internet, and extends beyond the sites and into mobile apps as well. In fact, there are some pretty big household names using its services.

The vulnerability itself exposed secret data via an implementation bug with secret keys. Without getting into the technical details, the researcher who found the bug cited that he was able to see private chat logs, dating site private messages, password and personal information, as well as travel bookings.

In short, it could have been an identity theft nightmare.

Unfortunately, barring the use of Internet services, there is not a lot you can do to protect your data from these types of bugs. We are also in the era where a breach or a vulnerability may happen without users ever knowing about it.

But some steps can be taken to make things a little more difficult for hackers to steal your password information: :

  • Don’t use the same password on more than one site on the Internet. This limits exposure in the event that one password is hacked.
  • Change passwords regularly. Don’t be paranoid and change passwords every day, but have a schedule and make it a habit.
  • Keep passwords very different between sites. Don’t use a formula that would be easy to figure out.
  • Close accounts that you no longer need, if possible.
Alex Papadopulos

Alex Papadopulos

Head of Operations at Striata, The Americas

Alex Papadopulos is the Head of Operations for Striata America and currently heads up all technical operations for North, Central and South America. He is responsible for all areas of technical and project operations including project management, support, development and project implementation.

Alex began his career with Striata in 2003 as a programmer and has worked extensively within the various operations teams in South Africa before moving to North America as the Technical Team Lead. Prior to moving to the United States, Alex was responsible for managing a team of developers and engineers in his role as Technical Project manager where he managed clients requirements as well as developing a number of proofs of concept. He also completed 18 months in a Systems Analyst position at Clover. Alex has over 10 years of experience in the IT field, primarily focused on electronic billing presentment, billing and supply chain management.

Alex completed his Bachelor of Information Technology in 2001 through Bond University (Australia) at Sandton, South Africa majoring in programming.

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