Google Data Breach

Earlier this week Google finally came clean about the fact that they have suffered a data breech potentially affecting 500,000 users. The first thing to know about this is that it only effects Google+ users. Google + is their social networking service, most Google users do not use it. The data that was exposed included email addresses, user names and dates of birth.

THE FIRST THING TO DO IS CHECK IF YOU HAVE A GOOGLE PLUS ACCOUNT

Tips and Advice

  • How to check – Go to your Gmail.com account, click on the square icon in the top right hand corner, this is where your apps are, if you have it there will a red Google+ icon here.
  • I have it, what do I do? – Best practice is to review your privacy settings to see which apps Google is sharing your data with. To do this, log-in to your Gmail account, click on the grey square icon in the top right, then click on the account shield, then under Sign-in & security click on Apps with account access. Here you can see if there are any third-party Apps that you may want to remove.
  • Watch out – for further phishing scams where fraudsters send emails or SMS claiming to be from Google or your bank and want you to sign in to protect your account. See our guide on how to avoid.
  • Protect your id – Always watch out for any situation where someone you do not know is asking you for personal information, your name, address and date of birth is enough for them to wreak havoc.
  • Read More – great  Wall Street Journal article on this subject.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

See also: The Reassura Guide to Phishing, Vishing and Smishing

Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.

For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400