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MADISON, Wis. — In just the past few weeks, Kwik Trip, American Family Insurance, and the Rock County Human Services Department have all reported cybersecurity incidents. Experts say it should make you think about how you can keep your data more secure.

Rock County Human Services Department administrators posted on their website that a phishing email targeted their employees.

Kwik Trip admitted the system outage that began on Oct. 9 was the result of a “cybersecurity incident.” The last systems were restored there on Monday, the company announced.

Last week, American Family Insurance was forced to shut down multiple business systems due to “unusual activity” on its network.

Kwik Trip and the insurance company both said at this point, they didn’t believe customers’ private information was connected, but experts said that’s no excuse to monitor your own info.

“Well, I don’t think you should ever be lulled into a sense of complacency when it comes to your data,” said Michael Domke, the director of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

If you find out a retail space that you used recently, like Kwik Trip, experiences a cybersecurity breach, Domke said, “the first think you should think about is where is my data? How is it being used? And was I potential victim?”

You should also immediately check your credit report.

“Oftentimes, if your data is misused, you’re going to want to look and see, were there any new accounts opened in your name, whether they be credit accounts, bank accounts, and the credit report is the best way to signify if any of those things happened,” Domke said.

It seems ironic that these cybersecurity incidents happened in October, which is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

According to Domke, these breaches will just get more common.

“It’s an unfortunate reality, but I do believe that we’re going to see this steady pace of them probably be consistent,” he said.

That’s why he said you should be ahead of the game. Switch up your passwords, try to change them to pass phrases, and use multi-factor authentication for accounts.

Before you sign up for anything new, read the terms and conditions, no matter how long.

“What you really want to know is how are they going to use it? And then making sure you’re comfortable with giving that that over for whatever reward that is,” Domke said.

If you own a small business, make sure you train your employees to watch out for phishing, which accounts for 90% of attacks, and try make your information systems can operate without the other.

“We want to really advocate to small businesses that often think they’re not going to be a target of breaches. In reality, it’s almost the opposite,” Domke said.

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