Practical Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Zappos, online shoe and clothing retailer, is the latest merchant to succumb to a data breach. More than 24 million customer accounts were compromised, which may have included customer names, e-mail addresses, addresses, phone numbers, the last four digits of credit card numbers and “cryptically scrambled” passwords. Zappos encrypts payment card data and said no credit or debit card information was accessed.

The recent Zappos breach has us all thinking about trust. We start to think about all the online sites in which we’ve placed our trust—accounts we’ve opened, where we’ve shopped and social networking sites where we disclose our lives, to name just a few. Many of us can’t remember them all; let alone the email or password we used. As we go about our daily lives, we repeatedly take leaps of faith. For convenience and opportunity, trust seems to be the only choice. However, there are some practical ways you can protect yourself.