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‘Data Breach Fatigue’ Might Be Making Us Complacent About Cybersecurity

The Infinite Brief
There is growing concern that all of the recent hacks, data dumps and security breaches might be leading to ‘data breach fatigue.’

Peter Singer, a strategist and senior fellow at New America, says, “It’s a little bit the equivalent of Trump’s scandals. There are so many of them you can’t focus on one.”

Troy Hunt, who runs Have i been pwned?, a site that monitors data breaches, says that rather than becoming fatigued, people were simply accepting that such incidents are now “a normal part of online life.”

Hunt continued: “I’m actually finding … that people are judging companies less on the fact they’ve had [a data breach], and more on how they’ve dealt with it.”

As data breaches continue, Mr Hunt hopes people will avoid fatigue and take control: get a password manager, make all passwords unique and turn on two-factor authentication. “These are really basic things that we can all do, and they fundamentally change the impact of a data breach.”

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