Bonus Tip: What To Do If You Get Hacked

McRae Capital Management’s Cybersecurity Series

As a follow-up to our Cybersecurity email series, we want to provide guidance on initial steps to take in case of a suspected compromise or if you have been notified of a data breach. Your quick actions are crucial to safeguard your information and security. Here are the initial steps to take after a suspected compromise or data breach.

Actions to Take If You Become a Victim of Identity Theft

  • Go immediately to:
  • Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. 
  • Contact affected institutions. 
  • File a police report. 
  • Reach out to the Social Security Administration and IRS if your Social Security Number is compromised. 

Actions to Take If You Believe You've Been Hacked

1. Financial Account Compromise:

  • Contact your financial representative immediately. 
  • Change your password from a different device. 
  • Untrust old or lost devices. 


2. Email Account Compromise: 

  • Log in from a new device.  
  • Create a new password. 
  • Check email settings for unauthorized rules or filters. 
  • Untrust old or lost devices. 


3. Device Infection with Malicious Software: 

  • Stop using the infected device. 
  • Disconnect from the internet. 
  • Contact an IT professional to clean your device.

Steps to Take if You Have Been Notified of a Data Breach

1. Immediate Actions: 

  • Change passwords on affected accounts. 
  • Sign up for updates from the breached organization. 
  • Assess the severity of the breach, focusing on sensitive information like credit card numbers, financial data, or personally identifiable information. 
  • Enable push notifications for financial data, especially for credit card transactions, to quickly identify and dispute unauthorized charges. 


2. Data Protection: 

  • Utilize free credit monitoring services provided by credit card companies and banks, if available. 
  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all accounts to enhance security. 
  • Secure social media accounts by changing passwords, reviewing activity, and logging out other active sessions. 
  • Review and address any suspicious content on social media. 

3. Vigilance:

  • Consider temporarily deactivating social media accounts to heighten security. 
  • Remain vigilant by monitoring accounts and financial information for any signs of fraudulent activity. 

Taking these proactive steps can help mitigate the impact of a compromise or data breach and protect your online security. Your diligence and quick response are key to safeguarding your digital presence.