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Identify Theft & Cybersecurity
The technology that makes our financial lives easier can also invite identity theft by exposing our personal information to criminals.
Incidents such as the 2017 Equifax breach, which exposed the personal information of more than 145 million people, stoke our worries about cybersecurity.
Here’s how to protect yourself from fraud, scams and identity theft — and what to do when things go wrong. First, some tips from the Department of Homeland Security:
1. Strong, unique passwords
Use a mix of letters, numbers and symbols — at least eight characters. Use a different password on every account. These tips can help.
2. Extra authentication
When possible, sign up so an element in addition to your password is required, such as a code sent to your mobile phone.
3. Guard your info
Keep passwords, Social Security and account numbers, birthdate and other identifying information private.
4. Think twice
Don’t click on sketchy links, websites or ads. Avoid offers that seem too good, pressure you to act fast or seek personal info.
Resource taken from: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/identity-theft-and-cyber-security/?creditsidebar