With new technology giving you the option to manage your finances from just about anywhere, we’ve put together a few guidelines for you to help make sure you keep your financial information private.
- Update your passwords frequently
Changing your password every 60 days is a fast and simple way to constantly perform a security refresh for your accounts. When you update your password, make sure that it’s not something easily guessed; in fact, most websites will not allow you to have a common password (for example, “password”), or a password too similar to what you last used. If you can, it’s even better if you try and use a unique password for each website that you visit, too. Constantly updating your password makes it harder for people to guess what it is or try and crack it manually.
PRO Tip: You probably don’t want them all written on a post-it note next to your computer or on your desk, either!
- Add additional layers of security
Many websites and apps now offer what’s called “two-factor authentication.” It’s just a fancy way of saying “double checking.” Basically, this is an easy way for you to add an extra step in securely accessing your financial information while making it more difficult for anyone trying to view or steal your personal account numbers. This second step could be a security question, an access code or in some app cases, your fingerprint.
- Always use anti-virus protection
This one might sound obvious, but should be standard practice for everyone who uses the computer in your home. If you’re on the internet, you should always have anti-virus protection enabled. This helps prevent you from accidentally downloading anything that could be potentially harmful to your computer. Be sure to run regular security checks on your computer too, to make sure your personal information is safe.
- If it sounds too good to be true …
… it probably is. Don’t open suspicious looking emails and avoid clicking on any links or headlines that read “fishy.” These can often lead you back to websites that are either full of malware, waiting to bug your computer or are potentially trying to trick you into giving away personal information. If you think it’s a scam, you’re probably right!
So, there you have it! With just these few simple steps, you can help make sure your personal info stays safe and secure wherever and whenever you choose to manage your finances.