How to Protect Your Identity Online – Which Helps Protects Your Employer, Too
Everyone should be aware of how to protect your identity online, here we will go over a couple simple ways. I’m sure many of you have done some sort of Security Awareness Training through your employer, if not, shame on them. But this time, it’s all about YOUR identity.
Average American has had their personal data stolen about once every three months or about four times over the course of the year, per Personal finance website Interest.com
Passwords, Passwords, Passwords
This is the most damaging to online identities – SURPRISE! It’s simple don’t use the same passwords over various accounts or a simple password. Yes, both are easier but can really hurt your identity online quickly. Using the same password could be damaging in a data breach. Because now cyber criminals have passwords to more than the company they originally hacked. Easy passwords are easy for cyber criminals to guess. Especially if you use an important date (birthday, anniversary), relatives or pets name, or address since this is information easily found online, all starting with your social media accounts. Start by using passphrases rather than just a password. And don’t forget to change them on a regular basis, especially after a data breach. Password Managers are a simple easy way to manage your passwords.
How Much Information Are You Putting Out There?
Social Media is a key to bad and good online identity. We put out a lot of information about our past, future and current situation. Let’s not forget the pictures that can expose a lot of potential information to cyber criminals. You are likely not aware of all the information you could potentially be sharing to everyone. The way to help this situation is by reviewing your security on the site and/or app. Plus, every so often check to see who may be following you not just your friends.
We have a number of accounts. Many of them like your bank and credit card contain a lot of sensitive information, therefore they should have “extra steps” for security. Many ask questions like: What school did you graduate from? What is your favorite vacation spot? What is your mother maiden name? Information that may be found on your social media accounts. One suggestion would be to use alternate information as the answer, just remember what you used.
Remember, it’s not a good idea to leave on location services or post your location. This is valuable information for criminals.
How big is your digital footprint. This is a simple online identity test – start by looking your name up on Google. You are likely amazed at how much information that already exist out on web. Go further by looking up your address (current and past) plus phone number or email(s). Remember, others may be using your name in post, too. If you can find them you know that cyber criminals can find and likely find even more.
Keeping your personal identity online secure can be a challenge – but can start with you!
75% of consumers now limit the amount of personal information they share online (RSA Data Privacy & Security Survey 2019)
How can this help your business? Many employees share the same devices between work and personal! Therefore, Security Awareness Training in the work environment spills over into employees personal habits. CIT is here and ready to help you train your employees about personal identity security online.
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