Experts warn any data on the internet is vulnerable
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The data breach at Indiana University has many people wondering how safe they are on the internet and if there's anything that can be done to prevent it.
“This is the world that we live in and it’s a reminder to be cognizant all of the time," said Joe Canarecci of C&P Distributing.
IU announced Tuesday that names, addresses and social security numbers of students at all seven campuses were breached.
Canarecci says any type of information can be exposed when a server's security is compromised.
“You had asked if it could happen again. Yes, it could happen again. It could happen to your credit card, it could happen to your bank, it could happen to anybody," said Canarecci.
IU officials say the recent data exposure was a low level threat and the breach has since been secured.
Canarecci says you should always keep an eye on accounts that use your personal information.
"The risk isn’t any greater today than it was yesterday, so take it as a reminder that you should always be maintaining your security and you should always be on the lookout for this stuff," said Canarecci
Canarecci says the only way you can be 100 percent secure is to not share any of your personal information on the internet.
“That becomes impractical unless you only make cash purchases, you don’t sign up for services, you don’t have your information in a database. It’s going to be difficult to do almost anything these days because it’s such a digitally connected world," said Canarecci.