When considering your financial wellness and trying to plan ahead for your financial future – One area that often gets overlooked is cyber-security.
Here are 10 quick tips for staying safe courtesy of Jeff Lanza, a cyber-security expert who we partnered with for a client education webinar:
- If you haven’t already, create your social security account online, before a criminal does it for you and tries to claim your benefits.
- If you’re not applying for any loans any time soon, consider freezing your credit under the four reporting agencies.
- Invest in a high-quality shredder for getting rid of sensitive files at home.
- Consider signing up for electronic statements, so that less of your personal information is floating around in the mail.
- Don’t respond to unexpected calls, texts, emails, or pop-ups on your computer.
- Rather than clicking on links in emails, just go directly to the provider’s website to log-in.
- Be extremely careful with wire transfers and move money requests. Take extra pre-cautions to confirm the instructions in-person or over the phone.
- Update your operating systems and antivirus software often.
- Use strong and unique passwords for all your log-ins.
- Don’t give out your SSN to anyone without confirming it’s for a legitimate reason.
You don’t want to wait until it’s too late to consider all these important tips for staying safe and diligent in securing your financial accounts and matters.