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Thousands of data breaches happen every year, and they happen to all sorts of companies — from LinkedIn to Equifax, from Target to Under Armour, from Capital One to Zynga (looking at you, Farmville and Words with Friends players), and many more.

In these data breaches, your name, emails, passwords, address, phone, credit cards, bank accounts, and other personal information you’ve given to these companies are exposed and resold to hackers in the dark web. These criminals can then use your information to open new accounts, access your assets, or make purchases pretending to be you. …

Stephanie Mei

Stephanie is a Product Manager working in tech and living in New York.