Another Day, Another Data Breach-All

In light of yet another big-profile data breach, this time at T-Mobile, I figured we could use a place to report on and discuss data breaches and company responses. For personal security conversations, passwords, etc., check out the Password Security Catch-All

19 August 2021 - T-Mobile

As for the T-Mobile breach, I'm at least impressed by their quick discovery/disclosure. They discovered it on August 17 and reported it at least by August 19 and immediately offered 2 years of McAfee ID Theft Protection to customers. I don't know how well those work, but T-Mobile does seem to be more proactive in their response than I've seen from others.

Speaking as a 35 or so year Sprint customer, T-Mobile has their act together, and - importantly - service has improved. I'm cautiously optimistic.

T-Mobile brands themselves as being more about their customers than Verizon and AT&T, so their quick response is good to see, for once.

They have also greatly expanded Sprint’s network, which is nice. It was already very useful for places I had to go to, and definitely not as over-subscribed as Verizon Mobile, but it’s better now.

Yeah usually these things can take months to come to light. I don't remember now which one was in 2019 or so, but there was a class action thing and we chose the year of id theft protection service instead of money. And I think the money ran out, so we made the right choice I guess.

There's only a couple places I save a credit card and I use those to pay other merchants or bills when I can.

I think that was the Equifax breach in 2017. We took the protection service as well. I’ve already started the process for what T-mobile is offering, but haven’t seen the getting started email yet.

Yeah but 3 significant breaches in recent memory from T-Mobile doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Friendly reminder that is still out there as a great resource.