How to Protect Yourself after DoorDash Data Breach?

It goes without saying that data breaches are scary, and they occur so often and may come at any time, to any of the financial institutions you trust. Sadly, some unfortunate consumers have to be confronted with another security breach potentially compromising their personal information today. Approximately 4.9 million customers were hit by Doordash’s latest data breach, are you one of them? How to protect yourself after DoorDash data breach?

How The Data Breach Affects DoorDash’s Customers?

DoorDash, a San Francisco–based food delivery company suffered a data breach and approximately 4.9 million Doordash customers, delivery workers and merchants were affected by the breach. According to the company, an unauthorized third party accessed user data on May 4, 2019. Customers who joined DoorDash platform on or before April 5, 2018 are affected, but those who joined after April 5, 2018 are in the clear. The compromised information includes names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers, hashed and salted passwords, as well as the last four digits of consumer payment cards for some customers. For approximately 100,000 Dashers, their driver’s license numbers were also accessed. But the company said full bank account information and full credit card information such as full payment card numbers or a CVV were not accessed in the breach. Doordash is currently reaching out to those whose data might have been compromised. Meanwhile, DoorDash adds additional protective security layers around the data, and also improves their security protocols.

How Do You Protect Yourself?

Although the compromised information is not sufficient to make fraudulent charges on payment cards or fraudulent withdrawals from bank accounts due to the breach, the company still recommends you check your payment card and bank account for unusual activity.

Here are a few basic steps you can and should take to protect yourself and make sure your information is safe:

1. Keep a watchful eye on your bank accounts or credit card information. If you see something suspicious, you should promptly report it to your financial institution.

2. Freeze your account if needed. A credit freeze is an essential step to protect your data and halt scammers from creating fake accounts or requesting loans and services in your name without your permission.

3. Stay alert. Consider signing up for a credit monitoring service. It can help you keep close tabs on your accounts, alerting you if someone opens an unauthorized account in your name or even another family member’s name.

4. Enable two-factor authentication. Adding an extra layer of security to every online platform you access can help prevent scammers from gaining access to your accounts. The first layer is generally a combination of a username and password. Adding one more step of authenticating your identity makes it harder for an attacker to access your data.

5. Change your passwords. DoorDash will be notifying the affected users with specific information about what was accessed. It’s probably easier to wait until you’re contacted, rather than calling or emailing the company to find out if you were impacted. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to change any passwords associated with your DoorDash account, or even bank or credit card accounts. Changing passwords is especially important after a data breach to make sure you are not using the same or similar passwords across various accounts. Security experts suggest a different password for every website, but acknowledge the pain of that practice, so they suggest using a password manager. A reliable password manager such as LastPass, 1Password or Dashlane can ensure strong, unique passwords for all of your logins which are nearly impossible for criminals to hack. Password managers lock down your accounts to keep your information out of the wrong hands and provide the best protection against a password hack. Consider one and it’s better for your overall security.

Published on October 2, 2019 Editor1