7 Tips To Hack-Proof Yourself
In a digital world filled with evolving cyber threats, protecting your financial well-being has never been more crucial. Following the recent data breach involving the “MOVEIt” software program, Liz and Marc discuss 7 practical ways to shield yourself and your family from the increasingly sophisticated tactics of hackers.
From safeguarding your credit bureau information with security freezes to using private emails solely for financial matters, we explore actionable strategies that empower you to be proactive in the face of potential identity theft. Discover the importance of strong passwords, keeping your software up-to-date, and more. Tune in as Liz shares invaluable tips on protecting yourself from threats to your financial future.
Here are the key takeaways from today’s episode:
- Protect Your Credit Bureau Information: Consider placing a security freeze on your credit reports at the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion) to prevent unauthorized access.
- Use a Private Email: Create a separate email address solely for financial accounts, and don't share it with anyone. This email should be used only for critical financial transactions.
- Be Cautious of Clicking Links: Avoid clicking on links in emails, text messages, or social media if you didn't request them.
- Use Strong Passwords: Create complex passwords with 12 or more characters. Avoid easily guessable information (e.g., pet names, birthdays). Consider using a password manager to generate and store strong passwords.
- Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Turn on 2FA for all accounts that offer this option. Use text messages or authenticator apps to enhance security and prevent unauthorized access.
- Set Account Activity Alerts: Enable alerts for any significant activity in your financial accounts. Receive email notifications for transactions above a certain threshold to quickly detect any unauthorized activity.
- Keep Software Updated: Regularly update all software, including operating systems and applications, to close vulnerabilities that may be exploited by hackers. Use automatic updates whenever possible to stay protected.
“Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, which puts you and your family at greater risk of identity theft.”