"Once your personal photos or private messages have been accessed and leaked online, there's no fixing that. Those items will be forever in cyberspace for your future employers, friends and family to access," said Gonen.
"What is surprising is that again only 1 percent of breached records had been encrypted. Now is the time for customers to demand that their personal information be encrypted by companies."
SafeNet launched the BLI launched in early 2014 covering 2013 as the first year to be assessed, which just happened to be an historic high for the phenomenon of breaches. Measurements like this could in time become a standard way of assessing popular security and its challenges.
European card security firm Gemalto announced that it was buying the firm in August.
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