Protect your online identity

Privacy is more important than ever in today’s digital world. With data breaches and compromised data it’s important that people know how their information is being used and how to protect it along with their identity.

What personal data are you unknowingly sharing through your smart phone apps?  How are these companies protecting your data? There are many things to keep in mind.

  • Own your online presence. Check your privacy settings. From social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, to ride share services and web browsers, make sure your settings reflect only what you want to share. To see a list of popular devices and services that store your data and learn how to manage your privacy settings, visit StaySafeOnline.org.
 
  • Implement MFA for logins. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) requires two factors to log in to a device or website. For example, a login may require a password and verification code that is sent via text message. MFA along with strong passwords makes it much more difficult for your personal data to be compromised.
 
  • Set up alerts for changes to your data. These alerts can notify you if an email address, phone number or physical address was changed on an account. Online banking alerts will make you aware of unusual debit card transactions or new payees added to online bill pay.
 
  • Be careful what you share. Depending on your privacy settings, even strangers may be able to see personal details or photos of yourself or family on social media. Be selective about what information you share on the web.
 
  • Use caution while on public WiFi. Note that public WiFi is generally not secure and may put your devices and personal information at risk. Be selective about which public network you are using and avoid using sites that require you to log in with your username and password.
 

 

This article was contributed by Tina Goven, Information Security Officer with American Bancor, Ltd.

Tina has been working in the financial industry since 1996. Along with banking and technology, Tina's passion lies in information security. Tina ensures the technologies American provides to employees and customers adhere to the security standards of American. She educates herself daily by keeping up with industry trends and loves educating people about security and technology updates and how they can keep their data safe. 

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