7 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Identity Theft

Cybersecurity is not a new topic. It’s in the news on a regular basis. As savvy business women and men – we know that technology is the platform of the business world today. Between logging in, syncing devices, backing up, cloud storage, we are in a constant state of technology connection.

It’s very difficult to get people to take cybersecurity seriously. The most popular password is still “123456.” What’s getting lost in the privacy discussion?

Protection your identity and data isn’t about being a super spy, it’s about awareness and being sure about how we store our information, how easily available it is and how to be more vigilant in our security.

When I was a little girl, my mom told me that when I grew up I could be anyone that I wanted – Turns out that these days that’s call identity theft.

Identity theft can occur over the Internet or telephone, or via fax or regular mail. Therefore, be particularly wary of unsolicited e-mails, telephone calls or mail attempting to extract personal or financial information from you.

  1. If you aren’t sure, hang up. If any of you have been exposed to the last Microsoft scam – you would have a screen pop up on the internet with a siren blaring saying to call 1-888-microsoft. Total scam. An individual could be scammed for hundreds of dollars and all of their personal information. Microsoft is not going to call you. Neither are HP, Dell, QuickBooks, and RBC. They all have call centers for a reason. We have to contact the company first.
     
  2. Never open a link or an attachment in an email unless it is from a verified source. Meaning – you know who sent it to you.
    Many fake emails will send you an 'invoice' or a 'shipment tracking label' hoping that you will open them. They can often be a virus that you are now installing on your computer.
     
  3. Familiarize yourself with billing cycles for your credit and debit cards.Did you know you are entitled to one free credit check a year? Put it in your calendar make it a part of your annual review.
     
  4. Back up your critical data. This includes financial, client information, emails, documents and photos. Anything that, if lost, would damage your business or cost a loss of time and money to recoup.
     
  5. Protect your network. Is your Wi-Fi password protected? Is it secure and hidden? Is it open to anyone in the office?
     
  6. Train your employees in security principles. Limit employee access to data and information. Disgruntled former employees pose internal threats. Stealing trade secrets and data and increasingly use internet cloud service to hack businesses by gaining remote access. Install passcodes to authorize software downloads and installations. Protect your information, computers and network from viruses and spyware.
     
  7. Change your passwords. "Passwords are like underwear. You should change them at least once a year."

To help protect you further, we are now offering Online Security workshops. Call us today to book your session with ISP Computers – Your IT Success Partners at 780-960-2150.