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Should Uber users be worried about data hack?

The theft of the personal data of 57 million Uber riders and drivers highlights how vulnerable we make ourselves when we install apps on our mobile phones and tablet computers. What happened? Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Tuesday that hackers had compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year. Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber. Uber is notifying drivers whose license numbers were swiped, and offering them credit and identity theft protection. The company also said it is notifying regulators, and monitoring affected rider accounts for signs of fraud.

What can you do?

“Not a lot,” said Jerome Robert, marketing chief at EclecticIQ, a Dutch company specialising in cyber threats. Users could try to protect their identity by providing the wrong date of birth, or a false telephone number. But “in the end, that won’t work because there are verifications,” he said. It may just be a matter of crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. We all more or less have to trust the apps we download. But don’t provide personal data to apps that aren’t trusted. At the very least, use an alternative email address for these sorts of services, not your main address.

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