The National Initiative for Cyber Security “emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cyber security at home and in the workplace.” 1
It is no surprise that the Financial Services Industry is under constant threat from criminals seeking to commit fraudulent acts. At LongView, we’ve gathered a list of the following tips to #BeCyberSmart:
- Make sure your contact information is up to date with all your financial institutions. During an Annual Review with your planner, ask to verify accuracy of your contact information.
- Register online accounts taking full advantage of available security measures and updating default user ID’s and passwords. “Use a LONG passphrase. For example, you can use a passphrase such as a news headline or even the title of the last book you read.Then add in some punctuation and capitalization.” 2
- Sign up for alerts on credit cards and bank accounts. If you have a bank account ap, make sure your alert settings are turned ON. Consider downloading a credit monitoring ap on your phone.
- Open any mail from a financial institution as soon as possible.
- Install antivirus and anti-spyware software on personal computer.
- Update software for your mobile device and PC when updates become available. “Turn turning on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and set your security software to run regular scans.”3
- Never click on a link or open an attachment in an unsolicited email.
- Wireless Network’s: Make sure you are connected to a valid and secure network; especially when travelling.
- Update your privacy settings on your social media platforms. Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are—and where you aren’t—at any given time 4
All generations are affected by cyber fraud and it is important to share resources to have a safer and more secure online experience. Share this article with your parents, your children, your friends and #BeCyberSmart.
2 https://www.pwc.com/us/en/services/consulting/library/consumer-intelligence-series/cybersecurity-protect-me.html. https://niccs.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/ncsam_creatingapassword_508.pdf?trackDocs=ncsam_creatingapassword_508.pdf