A few years ago I was offered a job working in the White House–a pretty incredible opportunity.

As part of this new job I also had to go through a standard background check. Nothing crazy. I wasn’t doing anything that needed codeword clearance, but they did collect A LOT of information on me, as is standard practice.

Ironically, it wasn’t until after I’d started working for Hueya I found out the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had been hacked. I received a letter stating my information had been lost in the breach and was offered a service to protect my identity.

So what’s my point? It’s two-fold. First, I want to acknowledge that this sort of thing can happen to anybody–even those who work in the cyber security industry. Second, and most importantly, I have choices about what I can do to protect myself. I don’t have to sit around and hope I don’t have my identity stolen.

You may be wondering, isn’t the service provided me in response to this government data breach sufficient?

I don’t think so.

As a user with a rather extensive digital life I’m not comfortable putting all my trust in a reactive service. As someone whose information has been stolen, I want to be proactive in protecting myself.

I guess what I’m saying is I don’t just sell this stuff. I use it and believe in it, too. Privacy isn’t something we forfeit when we sign into the digital world. We have a right to privacy and it’s time to take it back.

Will you join the Privacy Revolution?

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