Your personal data has gone AWOL

You know the importance of data security (you read blogs like this one, after all). You’ve locked down all the privacy options on your work and personal social media sites. So you don’t have to worry about your private data being poached by hackers, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

A slightly scary interactive quiz in the NYT last week reveals just how at risk most of us are. If you’ve paid with a credit card at a major retailer like K-Mart or The Home Depot, used Twitter, eBay or AOL before 2013, or applied for a job with the US government, your information has been exposed to potential theft. If that sounds like a lot of people, it is. Fully half of the adult population of the US, in fact.

Just because your information was exposed by a company or government data breach does not automatically mean your information was stolen. (Just because you forgot to lower your garage door when you left for work doesn’t mean someone else now has your mower.) But the best way to protect yourself from identity theft is to be aware of the threats to your privacy.

Check out the quiz, find any possible exposures you may have missed, and maybe change your passwords again, just in case.

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