Fuse Networks Blog

The Marriott Hack Exposes 500 Million People

The Marriott Hack Exposes 500 Million People

It’s nice to get away every now and then, but if you have stayed at any property under the Marriott umbrella, including St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, or W hotel since 2014, there is a good chance that your personal information has been leaked, a spokesperson from parent company Marriott has said. They said the multinational hotel corporation will begin emailing users impacted by the leak in the coming days.

Late in November, Marriott hotels admitted that they had their Starwood reservation database hacked into. The hotel chain said that an entity had unauthorized access for the better part of the past four years. The leak was found to expose names, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, dates of birth, and arrival and departure information for nearly 327 million people. In some cases, credit card numbers and expiration dates were compromised. It is now the second-largest data breach in world history. The only breach that was larger, was Yahoo, which exposed the personal information of about three billion users.

What can you do?
If you are sure that your name is among this massive list of people, you should take the following steps immediately:

  • Change Your Password - All Marriott guests should change their passwords immediately and pick usernames and passwords that aren’t easily guessed. Instead of an easy-to-guess passphrase, use four unrelated words with numbers, characters, and a mix of upper and lowercase letters. Also, don’t use the same password for multiple services.
  • Monitor Your Accounts - If you think you’ve been exposed in this attack, you should keep an eye on your Starwood Preferred Guest account as well as your credit report. You can sign up for credit monitoring services, but if you are diligently checking your credit regularly, paying someone else to check it is pointless.
  • Open an Account Just for Online Purchases - It may seem to be a pain to juggle accounts but keeping a credit card specifically for online shopping and reservations is a good way to mitigate your exposure to major hacks like this one.
  • Limit Access to Information - Only share what you have to share in order to get the products and services that you are purchasing. Any additional information is just a bonus for hackers and scammers if they are able to get their grubby little hands on it.

If you would like more information about these data breaches, how to secure yourself, and what to do when your information gets compromised, return to our blog regularly for more useful information.

Have you been hacked or had your identity stolen? Leave your experience with us in the comments section below.

See a Major Communications Boost Cloud-Hosted VoIP
Tip of the Week: How to Get Production Out of Your...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Wednesday, January 16 2019

Captcha Image

Newsletter Sign Up

  • No-Spam Guarantee: We hate spam as much or more than you do and will NEVER rent, share or give your information away to anyone else. We will only use your information to communicate with you direct, and you can also remove yourself from our list at any time with a simple click..
  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Mobile? Grab this Article!

      QR-Code dieser Seite

      Tag Cloud

      Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Tech Term Network Security Hackers Business Computing Data Backup Android Privacy Innovation Data recovery Computer Data Software Efficiency Productivity Collaboration IT Support Cybersecurity Malware Mobile Device User Tips Google Internet Communication Business Management Email Smartphone Communications IT Services Office 365 Backup Applications Cost Management Managed Service Artificial Intelligence Hardware Access Control Business Technology Information Cloud Small Business Phishing Blockchain Browser Cybercrime Maintenance Saving Money Ransomware Facebook Social Media Business Scam Mobile Device Management VoIP Mobile Devices Two-factor Authentication Data Security Hosted Solutions Holiday Passwords Workplace Tips Apps Microsoft Office BDR Users Quick Tips Internet of Things Vulnerability Disaster Recovery Google Maps Social Engineering Remote Monitoring Hacking Managed IT services Update Vulnerabilities Data loss Smartphones Cloud Computing Gmail Saving Time Automation Microsoft Windows 10 Websites Printer Bitcoin Conferencing Tech Terms Document Management Network Mobility Vendor Bandwidth Data Breach Alert Patch Management Encryption Help Desk Microsoft Excel Company Culture Fuse Networks Emergency IT Management Processor Robot Data Protection Website Accountants Cleaning BYOD Data Analysis Miscellaneous Tactics Electronic Medical Records Legislation Trends Government CIO Tip of the week Backup and Disaster Recovery Error Term Training Computer Care Vendor Management Identity Theft App Navigation User Tip Distributed Denial of Service Information Technology Spam Computers Virtualization Fileless Malware Hard Drive Addiction Windows 10 Apple Gamification Legal Bookmark Managed IT Services Mobile Security Telephone Comparison Google Play Equifax Service Level Agreement Cryptocurrency Laptop Screen Reader Knowledge Google Calendar Outsourced IT Computing Infrastructure Devices Freedom of Information Nanotechnology Downloads Directions Hard Drive Disposal SharePoint Downtime Emails Law Enforcement Browsers Social Network Specifications Health IT Security Cameras Startup Going Green NCSAM Desktop Monitoring Evernote Networking Compliance Augmented Reality Analytics News Mobile Technology Operating System Travel Cortana Cost email scam HTML Machine Learning Social project management Piracy Bluetooth WiFi Digital Multi-factor Authentication Paperless Office Customer Resource management Television Productivity Download Managed Service Provider Unified Communications IT Management Business Continuity Google Docs Healthcare Business Cards Regulations Audit Proxy Server Fake News Virtual Reality Gadgets Budget Username Disaster Microchip eWaste VPN Network Management Sports Money Software License Wireless Headphones Content Entertainment Virtual Assistant Device security Database Telephone System Mouse Big Data Upload Printing Support Excel Antivirus Chromebook Computing Tech Fun Modem Customer Service Employer-Employee Relationship Upgrade Mobile Office Domains SSID Wireless Hard Drives Twitter Search Regulation Public Speaking Printers Server Presentation Wi-Fi Lithium-ion battery Tech Support Wireless Technology 5G IBM Managing Stress Safety Marketing Hacker The Internet of Things Multi-Factor Security Router Customer Relationship Management Hiring/Firing Competition IP Address