The recent Community Health Systems (CHS) data breach is just one more reminder of how sophisticated hackers have become and the potential impact that has on consumers. In recent months, the media has shined a bright light on the mind-boggling number of breaches exposing personal information. While the nearly universal requirement to report breaches is raising consumer awareness, it is unfortunately leading to consumer burnout as well.
As a result, consumers are tuning out and failing to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against identity theft or stolen passwords. There are proactive steps consumers can take, such as using password vaults, long passwords, and never reusing passwords. Unfortunately, most will not act unless the breach touches them directly.