Every moment of the day, both internal and external digital attacks can be made against you. How can you best guard your finances and your reputation from these threats? Review these Do’s and Don’ts to protect yourself.
■ Protect all passwords and never share them with anyone. Longer passwords are better; avoid obvious names and numbers, and add complexity with numbers, symbols, and both upper- and lower-case letters.
■ Take advantage of security controls on your computer software. Utilize stronger security and privacy settings inherent with your browser.
■ Watch out for spyware, malware and computer viruses.
■ Use firewalls on all your computers to protect against intruders.
■ Remember that fraud doesn’t only occur in the digital world. Be extremely skeptical about other attempts to separate you from your money, such as mail fraud, lottery scams and dumpster diving.
■ Don’t get “hooked” in a phishing expedition. Never provide confidential data to linked websites, and never open any attachments or click on any links unless you are sure the e-mail is legitimate.
■ Don’t open unanticipated or unfamiliar e-mails.
■ Don’t include personal or financial data in e-mails, especially when utilizing free public-access networks.
■ Never click on links in unsolicited e-mails, and never open or install attachments from unknown sources.
■ Don’t use your Social Security Number for identification if other identification options are permitted for use.