Regardless of how secure you are with your information, you are still at risk of identity theft and other fraudulent crimes. Just like a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, your information is only as secure as those you share it with.
Terry Zink runs a security blog since 2009 and recently got his corporate credit card information stolen and a $20 charge was placed at a Shell Station in Canada. He rarely used this card as it was his corporate card and was baffled at how the information could have been leaked. Terry ended up retracing his purchases and couldn’t figure out where his information could have been breached. He always had physical access to the card and only used it for business related purchases. So what mistake did he make? Where did he slip up and allow his information to be stolen?
Turns out a week later his debit card was also compromised. Through some detective work he was able to determine that since both cards were compromised within a week they were likely to have been leaked from the same merchant. He ran through prior purchases and determined it was a restaurant he had visited a few months back.
Terry was understandably frustrated. He was inconvenienced, his information stolen, and his privacy was violated. Worse, it was through no fault of his own. His security was up to snuff (hell he runs a security blog), but as Terry found out his information was only as secure as who he had shared it with.