Shoppers are being warned to get smart with their online presence after several people were scammed out of their President’s Choice Plus Points.
“There have been a number of high-profile privacy breaches recently, most notably Yahoo and LinkedIn, where large numbers of usernames and passwords were accessed,” Kevin Groh, Loblaw vice president Corporate Affairs and Communications, wrote.
“If someone uses a favourite username and password for multiple sites and one of those sites is exposed, their other accounts can be exposed too.”
The company recently sent an email to PC Club members, urging them to update their passwords on a regular basis.
Daniel Tobok, CEO of cyber-security company Cytelligence, said thieves don’t need to gather all your information from one place. Instead, they can pull your profile from snippets of information throughout the web.
“The bad guys actually are extremely organized and they do have file systems for information that they take and breach,” Tobok warned. “You have to be diligent. You do have to have a sense of security in terms of OK is this a smart thing that I’m doing. Am I publishing my information out there too much?”