Work, childcare, virtual learning; these are just a few of the things occupying the minds of Americans today. While we are occupied with our very busy lives, security breaches are at an all-time high.
Now while you’re more distracted than ever, fraudsters are working overtime. They prey on catching victims off guard. Using scare tactics, they call at the end of the business day from phone numbers you recognize. This aids the fraudsters in baiting individuals into giving out personal and financial information. Be prepared, not scared and worry about one less thing.
Use the “Have I Been Pwned” Website:
You can visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to evaluate if your email or security has been breached. This site keeps track of the most recent security breaches. Simply visit the site, type in your email address and you can see if you need to adjust your personal security practices.
Take the “Banks Never Ask That” Quiz on the ABA Website:
While Banks are responsible for securely storing personal information, it’s true there are many things they will NEVER ask you. American Bankers Association has created a very informative website www.banksneveraskthat.com to help better understand what banks should and should not ask, so you can be prepared if a fraudster claims to be your bank.
Maintain All Personal Devices:
Ensure you're protecting every device you use. All phones, laptops, i-pads, or other devices in your home and/or office which use a password, face ID, or passcode require your frequent attention. Change your passwords often, create different passwords for every sign on, use two-factor authentication, and never share credentials with anyone.
These are just a few of the things you can do today to keep you safe from the increasing number of scams and phishing attempts. For more information, subscribe to our blog for cybersecurity tips and best practices.