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As per the data which is newly released from the office of the AG, more than 7.3 million people in New York are exposed to data breaches in the year 2013 alone. This is triple the number of breaches that took place between the year 2006 and 2013. The cost that New York State had to bear in the year 2013 was $1.37 billion.
As personal information is being increasingly shared with health care providers, restaurants and stores, there should be some security so that it doesn’t end up being risky. In a press statement, Scheniderman said that “Unfortunately, our expansive look at data breaches found that millions of New Yorkers have been exposed without their knowledge or consent,”
Further the report stated that there were more than 900 data breaches in 2013. There were many security attacks on a website offering deals on travel, restaurants and more, named Target and Living Social. Some recommendations were also listed by Scheiderman on how information can be protected online. As per him, encryptions should be used, different passwords should be used for different accounts and debit card and credit card statement should be monitored every month.