Gener8 Sentinel: How to check if your data has been breached
What are data breaches?
📖 data breach
- A data breach is a security violation, in which sensitive, protected, or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen, or used by an individual unauthorised to do so.
Anyone can be at risk from a data breach, from individuals to high-level organisations. They typically occur when a cybercriminal hacks an online database containing confidential information, but they can happen accidentally too. Either way, it can give criminals the potential to access your personal data to use for their own benefit. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the majority of us moved our lives online. Homeworking, home-schooling, online shopping – we transitioned our lives over to the digital world almost overnight, and as a consequence, data breaches soared.
Are ‘Cookies’ part of the problem?🍪
These profiles created by advertisers and data brokers can pose a data security threat. They contain detailed and sensitive data that can include; information about your race, political beliefs, gender, health, sexual orientation and more. Your profile and information can be traded and if they get into the hands of the wrong people, they can be used for malicious purposes (sometimes they’re published online or traded on the dark web 😟 ).
Gener8 Sentinel: How to check if your data has been breached 💻
Did you know you could check if your personal data has been involved in a data breach using Gener8 Sentinel? ⬇️
👩💻 Navigate to the Gener8 website
⬇️ Scroll all the way down the web page until you get to the website footer
💂♀️ Select ‘Gener8 Sentinel’
📧 Enter your email address
🔎 Select search
👀 Gener8 Sentinel will then detail any data breaches connected to your email address