Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The data breach at Australian digital payments and lending firm Latitude Holdings has emerged as one of the largest reported data breaches in Australian history.

In this breach, 7.9 million Australian and New Zealand driver licence numbers were stolen, along with 53,000 passport numbers and less than 100 monthly financial statements.

If you are a Latitude customer or a resident of Australia or New Zealand, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself. 

Check if you're affected:

The first step you should take is to check if you are one of the affected customers. Latitude Group is trying to figure out how many of their customers have been affected and what kind of personal information was stolen by the hacker.

They are working hard to gather all the information they need to protect their customers. Keep an eye on your email inbox for any communications from the company.

You can also check the Latitude Group website or social media channels for updates. 

Monitor your credit report:

If your personal information was stolen in the Latitude Group breach, you should monitor your credit report closely.

Check it regularly to ensure that no one is opening accounts in your name or applying for credit using your identity.

You can get a free copy of your credit report once a year from each of the three big credit bureaus.

If you see anything strange happening with your credit, report it right away to the credit bureau. This way, they can investigate and make sure everything is safe and secure.

Don't wait, take action as soon as you notice anything suspicious.

Beware of phishing scams:

After a data breach like this, you may be more susceptible to phishing scams. If you receive an email that looks like it's from a trusted source, like your bank or credit card company, be careful.

It might not actually be from them, it could be a fake email trying to scam you. These fake emails might ask you to give personal information or click on a dangerous link.

Don't respond to these emails and make sure to be cautious when checking your emails.

Always be wary of emails that ask for personal information or contain suspicious links. If in doubt, contact the company directly to verify the request.