Recently, thousands of Norton LifeLock customer accounts were compromised in a data breach. Criminal hackers attempted to break into Norton LifeLock customer accounts and possible password managers, meaning they might have gained access to customers’ usernames, passwords and other personal information.

The company reports credential stuffing as the likely culprit for the attack.  Credential stuffing is a type of data breach where hackers use previously stolen lists of information, such as usernames and passwords, to gain unauthorized access to accounts.

This Norton LifeLock data breach focused on password managers and is part of an uptick in attacks on identity and access management systems. Password management system LastPass was also targeted this past August in an impersonation attack where hackers breached the development environment to steal source code and customer data.

LastPass was targeted again last month with a follow-up cyberattack on its cloud storage bucket.

With cybercriminals on the hunt for personal information they can use for identity theft and other illegal activity, it’s important to keep your identity protected.

How Do You Keep Your Identity Safe?

To keep your online identity safe, it is important to use strong and unique passwords for each of your accounts. You should also enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. Additionally, using a trusted password manager can help you keep track of your passwords and automatically generate strong and unique passwords for you.

However, even with these precautions in place, it is still possible for your information to be compromised in a data breach. That’s why it’s essential to monitor your accounts and identity regularly for possible suspicious activity. You should use an identity theft protection service that can alert you quickly if your information is compromised.

Why Use IdentityIQ for Identity Theft Protection?

IdentityIQ identity theft protection and credit monitoring is the right solution if you’re looking for the fastest alerts in the industry if your identity is at risk. IdentityIQ plans provide you with real-time alerts if there are possible threats to your personal information, including new accounts opened in your name, significant changes to your credit scores, address changes and more. You also receive dark web and internet monitoring along with identity theft insurance, underwritten by AIG.

Taking the right steps to secure your online identity and monitoring your information regularly can help minimize the damage if your information is compromised in a data breach.