While the public has lately focused attention on a fugitive hacker and the government mass-surveillance programs he helped uncover, data breaches in recent years have exposed hundreds of millions of records containing personal information of the type often used by criminals seeking profit.
The story you’re reading is premium content for subscribers of the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News. Not a subscriber? Get total access to all our in-depth news and exclusive content here.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24 hours
Read MyDaytonDailyNews.com all week — weekly digital pass$3.99 per week
Subscribe for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
Top 5 data breaches in Ohio since 2005
DSW Shoe Warehouse, Retail Ventures: 1.4 million
Ohio state workers: 1 million
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Allied Insurance: 1 million
Ohio State University: 750,000
Concentra Preferred Systems: 396,279
Source: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Protecting against identity theft
Nearly everyone is vulnerable to identity theft, and there is little an individual can do to protect against third-party data breaches. But there are steps you can take to limit your exposure. Here are some tips:
- Ensure all portable devices have up-to-date security protections.
- Use unique passwords.
- Exercise caution in clicking on pop-ups, advertisements and links in email.
- Limit the amount of personal information you share.
- Monitor credit card statements and regularly review credit histories.
- Alert credit card companies and banks immediately if you suspect identity theft.