If your data has been hacked, you’re not alone. One in 4 Americans were hit by information security breaches in the past year, according to an April 2015 survey from the American Institute of CPAs. The survey also found that no age group was spared, though older adults were more likely to fall victim than millennials.
The damage can be great, too. Of those surveyed, 20 percent indicated identity theft pulled down their credit score.
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Your data is never going to be breach-proof. Indeed, you can’t stop hackers from infiltrating your insurance company, bank or favorite big-box store. But you can build a stronger wall of protection around the networks and personal information you hold dear.
Here are five things you can do to protect yourself.