Have you ever been the victim of a hacking or privacy scandal? I have, several times now. Over the years online services that I’ve used have had some kind of data breach, and my details have found themselves online. Thankfully, nothing serious, such as credit or debit card details. It’s generally been my name, email address and usually a password. I get a lot of spam each week telling me that I’ve been ‘hacked’ and they can prove this by showing my password.

To the less tech savvy person, this could be scary – however – it’s not for me, because those passwords are old. I try to change the passwords on my accounts regularly. I often use the ‘Strong’ passwords generated by Google Chrome. These are pretty much uncrackable, and because Google Chrome syncs across all my devices I don’t have to remember zzsgh49bsoe9rthnww99!$900″  to login to facebook. No, that’s not really my Facebook password. Another thing I do to protect my data is use 2 Factor Authentication on all my main accounts.  As well as needing to type in my password, I’ll get a code sent to my phone to enter as well. So even IF my password was found out – it would be useless without my phone.

If you’re wondering why I’m writing about all this, it’s because the cool kids at BestVPN.com have created this infographic that looks at Santa’s Naughty and Nice list when it comes to tech scandals and privacy. They are also giving away a MASSIVE 50 inch 4k Samsung TV with HDR by answering a simple question about the infographic too. So it’s well worth a read.




The thing is with privacy scandals, is, because of our rapid news cycle is that sometimes these things quickly disappear into the ether. Some of them have gone away quietly, others not so. However, I think the naughtiest of companies this year has been Facebook. Facebook shared the data of over 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica. It heavily damaged the reputation of the company – the security holes had been patched by the time the story broke, however, it’s believed the breach could have influenced elections. Scary stuff.

An even bigger leak came from MyHeritage – they had a hack where 92 million records of users were stolen. Just let that figure sink in – 92 MILLION. It’s insane! Although it pales into insignificance with the 150 million users who had data leaked via MyFitness Pal. I’d not actually heard of this one, and I’ve USED MyFitness Pal. Just to put it in context, that’s just under half the population of the United States. It’s pretty incredible thinking so many details of people are just floating around in the ether.

It’s not all bad news – there have been some positive movements in privacy in 2018. These groups have been put on BestVPN.com’s NICE list. Microsoft has partnered with Signal to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype, protecting the privacy of its users. Over in the USA The Supreme Court has ruled that the government needs a warrant in order to access cell site location information. The result of the Carpenter v. United States case was a massive win for digital privacy.

In the UK on the 28th May the GDPR directive came into force. This allowed UK citizens the right to obtain data stored on them. It also meant everyone had to consent to the data being stored too, which resulted in so many of us getting emails from every organisation we’d EVER dealt with confirming we still wanted to hear from. GDPR has definitely reduced the amount of rubbish I get sent!

So, that’s a brief overview of BestVPN.com’s Naughty and Nice list! Have you ever been the victim of a tech scandal or privacy breach? Drop a comment below!

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