How Have Internet Security Breaches Changed Your Online Behaviour?

Digital security breaches have become a common occurrence over the last few years, with incidents involving the likes of Sony and LastPass. With many large entities compromised, it's difficult to know that your data is safe. How has your behaviour changed as a result? What do you do to try and keep yourself safe, if anything at all?

The common thread with all of the security breaches is that email addresses and passwords are compromised. I feel we live in a time where the publication of your email address isn't a major problem as spam filters are quite good (plus there are many other simple tactics to keep unwanted mail away). It's also not that hard to choose a strong, varying password that you can remember and strong passwords have, thus far, proven effective. As a result, my behaviour hasn't changed too much. I continue choosing strong passwords and, despite having an account at many of the hacked sites, I haven't had any security issues at all.

But is that behaviour sufficient? Many people believe the security breaches will get worse and are preparing for what they believe is inevitable. Others are doing less because they'd prefer to take their chances and avoid any extra work. What do you think is the best course of action? How have these online security breaches changed the way you approach your own security?


    Find a single method of payment, such as Paypal, rather than scattering your credit card details around the internet. Sure.. Paypal could get hacked as well but it's only a single point of compromise that is easily rectified. Having multiple passwords is great for preventing a roll-on effect but having credit card details in multiple sites means that there are also multiple points of possible compromise.

    Multiple passwords/passwords variations for sites to reduce the likeyhood of one breech, and then your username and password published..
    Make sure your recovery options are completed and set.
    Never answer the preset security question, but use it as a 2nd password.
    Use paypal where possible
    Keep Pc/virus/anti spamware updated
    Become familar with trending scams
    Read Tech blogs/forums that are more likely to report a data breech the actually company who had their data compromised and if in doubt change your password.
    If something looks odd, don't click yes, and google it to see if someone else has reported the problem
    Be a little paranoid

    I use KeePass with Dropbox to ensure each site gets it's own unique and secure password and have Avast installed in all my PCs and Lookout on my phone.

    I continue doing more than that overkill has anyone really want to get your details about your account is going into

    OK that's the last time I try commenting via the Pulse app on my phone. It posted before I was done editing.

    The breaches did force me to use unique passwords more often. Other than that my behavior hasn't changed.

    I personally consider more than what I'm doing overkill. Security is always a trade off between security and usability.

    I was truly paranoid I might also:
    Run a stateful firewall and IDS
    Shred all paperwork before disposing of it
    Upgrade my home security to resemble a bank

    If PayPal allowed me to pay via credit card rather than my linked account I'd consider using it but otherwise I'd rather get the points on my card.

    I've had to replace my card twice over the years (after overseas trips where some hotel/shop has presumably taken my card details, not due to an online hack). It's annoying, but not all that painful.

    I've found that I've switched to a 'big red button' approach since the PSN debarcle.

    As a good example, I've switched to only allow paypal to know my payment details. It's not that I trust paypal more than any other site, but it means I only have one pin to pull if a security breach occurs.

    However I've found ways to do this with most of my services.

    I use LastPass with 20 character random passwords for (almost) everything now, and I just pray that it doesn't get broken into!

    Lastpass synced with Dropbox. Auto-type is a godsend. Also have it on my usb.

    I feel pretty secure in that fraudsters would not only have to capture my Keepass master password, but also a copy of the database file as well, which makes it very unlikely. I use KP as it is not an online service and therefore I have complete control over where and how the database is stored (unlike Lastpass and their recent security breach).

      Damnit I use Keepass synced with Dropbox, not lastpass.

    Seems pretty uninformed to lump Lastpass in with Sony.

    I don't feel secure using the average home security suits anymore. Hackers seem to be breaking into large scale, highly protected organisations with a breeze. I might be getting too paranoid, but I'm considering investing in small to middle sized business software. In example, corporate Firewalls and Antivirus suits. I have also greatly increased my studies in computer security to stay on top of what is happening and how to secure my system along with choosing what organisations to trust with my details, and how to keep my details secure with them. Sounds a little extreme, but what else can we do?

    The password to my email address is unique. I do not use it for anything else.

    I've never personally been hacked or otherwise compromised but a close friend did get his gmail account hacked by those people who send emails to all the contacts saying that the account owner is trapped in some overseas country and needs money. After that I did worry a little bit so I turned on the two step verification for my gmail account and I started using a different email address to receive any emails from my bank and a couple of other proiders that have a lot of my money or personal information, the theory being that even if someone does hack into my gmail account they won't know which financial institutions I use and can't be more than an annoyance to my friends and family. Other than that I have strong and unique passwords for the half-dozen really important sites/accounts (banks etc). I also have a credit card with low limit which I use for online shopping/subscription services etc and I transfer money in when I need it. So if the worst happens I will never be liable for a huge amount of $$.

    My banking mates tell me that in Australia at least you are still more likely to be the subject of real-world fraud (e,.g dodgy restuarant skimming your credit card details when they disappear with your card to process your payment) than online fraud but I do acknowledge this is anecdotal

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