2014 was a record year for data breaches, but not in a good way. There were more reports of internal and external data breaches affecting everything from major corporations to small mom-and-pop operations. Of course, it wasn’t only businesses that were affected, as consumers reported high numbers of identity thefts as well.

This month’s Twitter chat (#IDTheftChat) will go into greater detail about what went wrong, and how it affects both businesses and consumers. Co-hosted by @IDT911, we’ll hear from experts who will weigh in on how we can all work to reverse these numbers in the coming year.

Join us on Thursday, February 5th, at 2pm ET for this chat by following the #IDTheftChat hashtag on Twitter. Simply log into your account and search for the hashtag to read the updates, and be sure to add the hashtag to your own tweets in order to participate.

Some of the questions that we’ll be addressing during the chat include:

  1. What is a data breach? Do you think all breaches are the same?
  2. What is the difference between a data breach and identity theft?
  3. After receiving a data breach notification letter, what should consumers do?
  4. Data breaches have occurred with such regularity that we’re becoming desensitized. Should we still be concerned?
  5. How can you protect yourself from identity theft if data has been compromised in a breach?
  6. How many types of ID theft can you name?
  7. Have you been a victim of a breach? If so, what did you do?
  8. Do you think companies are adequately protecting private info?
  9. What should companies communicate to consumers to assure them their info is kept private?
  10. Are you scared of a cyber-attack, similar to the Sony hack?


In order to participate in this informative event on February 5th, you may join the #IDTheftChat TweetChat room by going to http://tweetchat.com/room/IDTheftChat after signing into your Twitter account. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions, and search for that hashtag to read all of the information on the topic of data breaches.

Be sure to also follow the Identity Theft Resource Center (@IDTheftCenter) and IDT911 (@IDT911) for great information that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones throughout the year.