With the recent security breach involving JPMorgan Chase now potentially affecting an estimated 76 million users and 7 million small businesses, the need for digital security hasn’t been greater. The data breach involving Target this past winter (40 million customers affected) to the mid-summer Home Depot breach (56 million customers affected) pale in comparison to the staggering number of potential victims that could be affected from the Chase breach.
While a statement from JPMorgan Chase explains that there is no direct evidence to link the stolen information to that of customer bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers, or identification numbers, those using Chase for banking are to be mindful and vigilant in monitoring their personal accounts, notifying the bank of any fraudulent charges that are placed.
This statement by no means absolves the bank from future action or eliminates the possibility that these personal customer records have been accessed or could be used fraudulently. All customers of JPMorgan Chase need to use a keen sense, paying close attention to their personal accounts in the following weeks and months ahead.
This isn’t the first major security breach this year, and it very well might not be the last, as the latest criminal trends point towards those involving the digital world. With that in mind, taking that extra step to better ensure that your personal information and your private documents remain secure may very well save you exorbitant amounts of money, time, and the frustration that comes with digital theft. Secure email can further protect you from outside harm, as standard email providers currently fail to encrypt messages, leaving your emails and attachments extremely vulnerable to breach.
Be mindful of your own personal accounts (whether or not you’re a Chase customer) and take the necessary steps to ensure the digital protection of you, your family, and your business today.
Written by Samuel Lang
NeoCertified – Content Manager