Beyond Equifax, be sure to check your cloud for exposed data

Old documents stored online may hold more than you remember

If there is any bright spot to the massive Equifax data breach, it’s that more people are taking steps to better understand and protect their data. In the days after news of the hack broke, ID theft prevention service, Lifelock saw a surge of more than 100,000 new members.

This is a good outcome — but it’s just a start. As our lives are increasingly lead online, there’s a good chance you could have exposed sensitive data like your Social Security number stored (and shared!) in your own digital backyard.

Think about your use of cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. If you’ve ever bought a house, or paid taxes or even applied for a job, there’s a good chance you stored and shared tons of personal documents. Those files may have your Social Security or credit card number, or an email address or phone number.

After the frantic rush of buying a house, for example, it’s easy to forget that you have those documents online. Removing them gets kicked to the end of the to-do list and now they are forgotten amongst the hundreds of other files and folders you store online.

That’s why we built Marshal. It’s the only way to immediately scour your Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud services to root out those bits of sensitive data that you’ve long forgotten about. Even better, Marshal will tell you if those files are still being shared and accessible to other people.

So now that you’ve protected your identity with the credit companies, take the next step and help secure your data in the cloud. Run a Marshal scan right now. It’s free, secure and will deliver your results in minutes.