Information Security Tips

By: Denise Bosch

We have had quite the year with COVID.  Even though this has been a problem before COVID, hackers are more prevalent than ever. I would like to share a few easy tips to help keep your information secure.

  • Don’t confirm or provide personal information on the phone, email or text.
  • If someone requests information from you and you’re not sure who they are, do not provide any information. Contact the company using a phone number or email from a different source (other than the communication or bill).
  • If unsure of communication or bill, contact company using a phone number or email from a different source (other than the communication or bill)
  • Shred any documents with personal or sensitive information.
  • Read your credit card and bank statements carefully.

If there is activity that you do not recognize, contact your bank or credit card company.

As far as technology, here are a few tips.

  • Use a strong password.

The longer the password, the harder it is to determine what it is.

  • Never write your user ID and/or password on a piece of paper and leave it near your computer.
  • Do not use same password for multiple systems.
  • Don’t click on links in emails.
  • Never use the “save ID and password” option on your internet browser. There is software to use to keep passwords secure.
  • Use multifactor authentication (MFA). This is another level of security.  Companies are moving toward this level of security.  You may receive a text to enter or get a number from an authenticator app. This is an extra step but is worth the hassle to keep your information protected.
  • Keep computer software updated (security updates).

A lot of these updates are security related.

  • Use antivirus protection and keep it updated.

Unfortunately, we as consumers are going to have to go to extra lengths to protect our personal information. The information above is a good start.