Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident

On September 2018, Marriott received an alert regarding an attempt to access the Starwood guest reservation database and engaged leading security experts to help determine what occurred, who identified that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. This is called the Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident.

To protect customers Marriott is now offering guests affected by the Starwood Guest Reservation Database Security Incident an information identity monitoring service.

The information monitoring service monitors whether your personal data is available on public websites, chat rooms, blogs, and non-public places on the internet where data can be compromised, such as “dark web” sites, and generates an alert to you if evidence of your personal information is found. 

Great service or gangster move?

Despite the fact, that “first-year free” may sound like a marketing teaser for a subscription service, I think one should take the opportunity and find out if there´s a reason for you to worry

Check for details about the program.

IdentityWorks℠ Global Internet Surveillance is available to residents of Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the Netherlands.  

IdentityWorks℠ is a serious player in the identity monitoring space and provides a full-stack technology and easy to follow advice on how to protect yourself.

Protecting your identity online should be a top priority in case you become a victim of a data breach identity theft.

How to protect yourself:

  • Do not share your personal information with strangers over the phone, email or even text messages. These type of requests could very well be scams.
  • Receive free credit report monitoring by signing up to receive alerts about your credit activity. A breached company should send you a data breach notification. However, if unusual notices via email or in the mail arrive under a different name, that can be a sign that you are a victim of identity theft.
  • Get a free dark web scan to see if your Social Security number, email or phone number has been compromised. 
  • Lock your credit to prevent illegal activity or if you see any odd charges being made on your existing accounts.