Some 64 million members of an online dating site have reason to be a little more cautious today after news broke that Adult Friend Finder had suffered a data breach.The scope of the breach isn’t yet known, but the company is already alerting users to the fact that names, addresses, email addresses, sexual orientations, marital statuses, and other sensitive information may have been accessed.They're simple, mostly free and easily obtainable by everyone.I'd also like to encourage those who do give online anonymity a lot of thought to leave their suggestions in the comments section, keeping in mind the target audience being your normal, everyday people.Ashley Madison is a perfect example of that and many people were shocked at just how many identities were contained in the data, identities that then caused a great deal of grief for their owners.I want to talk about practical, everyday things that people who aren't deeply technical can do to better protect themselves.Gmail (or equivalent - there are many other free online mail providers) gives you a full blown email address and obviously requests a lot of info in the process.
This is a very particular class of site and like many others we've recently seen compromised, it's highly likely that members would have preferred to keep their identities secret.
The easiest personal identifier that will match you to a site is your email address.
It's a well-known identity attribute, it's unique to you and there are multiple ways of discovering if it exists on a given website. Also consider how you fill out the following form when you create the account: These attributes won't show up on other sites where the address is used, but they can start to surface in other places.
But whenever a “mature” website or similar online activity is at the heart of the crime, there is another concern.
While this type of crime will hopefully never befall a victim of identity theft, there is always the potential for extortion.