Expect more data leaks and exposures — but not just breaches. 2018 saw a rising trend in data leaks and exposures — specifically data that’s not protected with even the most basic security, like a password. Exposed databases and user data can be easily found, yet are entirely preventable — often simply by setting a password. Breaches, where a hacker exploits a vulnerability, are more difficult and require some level of skill, making them less common. But human error, a lack of security smarts or just sheer laziness makes exposed data more discoverable, and yet there’s no sign of data exposures dying down any time soon.