This is the Danger of Leaking Personal Data and How to Prevent It

The Phenomenon of Personal Data Leakage in Indonesia

The rapid development of technology has led to the flow of information becoming faster and more transparent. On the downside, it has also caused an increase in cyber crime. One of the most common cybercrime cases is the leakage of personal data, or the unauthorized transmission of data containing personal information from the data storage location to parties other than the owner of the personal information.

The threat of data leakage usually occurs through websites and emails, but can also occur through mobile data-storage devices such as optical media, USB, and laptops. Data thieves can use this information to commit cybercrimes.

Factors Causing Leakage of Personal Data

According to the latest data breach investigation report by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the costs associated with data leaks in 2021 reached record highs. Data leaks are usually caused by unintentional internal errors and are related to digital security. The following are the most common causes of data leaks in 2021.

1. Misconfigured Software Settings

Misconfigured software settings can expose sensitive customer records. If the leaked software is popular, millions of users could then be exposed to a potential cyberattack.

2. Fraud Through Social Engineering

Data leaks are rarely initiated by cybercriminals, but when they do occur, they are usually the result of fraud through social engineering. Social engineering is the use of psychological manipulation to obtain personal data from victims such as phishing via telephone, e-mail, or social media.

3. Passwords or Passwords Used Repeatedly

In many cases, a single compromised password can have an impact on social media or digital apps as users tend to use the same password across all login settings. This has the potential to leak data and be misused. Stolen customer data is usually sold through dark web forums.

4. Theft of Items That Have Sensitive Data

Enterprise devices contain sensitive information, and when these devices are stolen or fall into the wrong hands, there is the potential for security breaches or identity theft leading to misuse of data.

5. Software Vulnerabilities

Once the software is successfully hacked, hackers can cause a number of cybercrimes such as illegal logins, malware attacks, hacking of social media accounts, and even credit-card theft.

6. Use of Default Password or Password

Many manufacturers set passwords on the new devices they manufacture. However, these passwords are too generic like "admin" or "12345" to be easy to hack. Usually, when using a new device, the manufacturer will give a warning for the user to change the default password. Unfortunately, there are still users who ignore this warning, resulting in data leaks.

Tips for Preventing Data Leaks

1. Use Password Manager

If you have a lot of passwords to remember, try using Password Manager to easily store all your passwords in one platform.

2. Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication creates additional hurdles that can make it difficult for hackers to break into data when phishing.

3. Don't Open Random Links

Phishing attacks or data hacking can be via links sent to e-mails, social media DMs, or WhatsApp. It's best not to open links from unknown sources, or if you must, first make sure the links provided are to official customer contacts owned by the company.

4. Use Biometric Identity Verification

Biometric identity verification can be one solution to prevent data leakage. With advances in technology, now identity verification uses a more secure system not only via codes and passwords but also biometric-based identity verification.

Importance of Biometric Identity Verification

Biometric-based identity verification is an identity-verification system that uses a person's biological identity, physical characteristics, or behavior. The purpose of this system is to make identity verification more accurate, by properly proving a person's identity so as to minimize the potential for forgery or identity theft.

Digital Security Solution with VIDA Verify

The public should not underestimate the consequences of the leakage of personal data, and realize how important it is to protect personal data, especially now that we have a digital identity.

VIDA Verify protects user identity accounts with the most secure, fast, and practical technology available. By comparing biometric and demographic data with national databases, VIDA identity verification provides legal assurance of user identity and a high level of assurance.

VIDA Verify stores the real identity of users to prevent online identity fraud by 90%. VIDA is implemented and certified by local regulators such as the Ministry of Communication and Telecommunications, Bank Indonesia, and OJK as identity verification service providers.

Apart from being locally certified, VIDA is also ISO 27001 certified for data security management and is the only PSrE in Indonesia certified by Webtrust as a globally recognized guarantee of internet security standards.

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