Protect Yourself: Online and Digital Safety
Written by: Self Safety Mary Hiesberger
What! Again? A major corporation in America has been hacked!
In the last five to ten years we have seen that our personal data (name, social security number, bank accounts, medical records, etc.) have been compromised when we thought they were secure.
October is National Cyber Security Month. A reminder that we need to take as many precautions as we can when it comes to our online safety. We live in a digital world and that is not going to change. So, it is up to us to do what we can to protect our identity and our information.
Digital security is the protection of your digital identity – the Internet equivalent of your physical identity. You need the best tools you can get to secure your identity, assets and technology in the online and mobile world. There are many ways your information can get into the wrong hands:
Voice vishing happens when you get a phone call from someone and they say they are from your bank, credit card company, utility company etc. but really, they are a thief, looking to trick you into giving up your account or other personal information.
Cell phones, through SMS text messages can do the same thing. You get a random text from a source you would usually trust (like your bank) -- but, it’s a thief looking for you to give your information
A thief can clear out your bank account within 10 minutes of swiping your information!
Data Breach is happening every single day to all kinds of corporations that store your personal data. Most of them do their best to secure your information, but they are not breach proof. Stolen laptops, lost USB flash drives, un-shredded paperwork, improperly discarded computers, and hacker break-ins are among the most common ways files are lost or stolen. Another growing problem is "insiders" – employees or contractors gaining access to data and selling it to criminals.
Computer Hacking is when criminals break into or hi-jack home computers and laptops. Hackers use spyware, viruses, worms, Trojan horses etc. to look for credit card numbers, online banking logins, and other personal or financial information. If a hacker gains access to your computer, they have access to everything you do, and you probably wouldn’t know they were there. Anti-virus software usually does a good job of detecting common virus and spyware, but they can’t be relied on to catch everything.
It is best to have a trained professional do a full system diagnosis and manually find and remove specific hacker tools and viruses.
Damsel in Defense has partnered with one of the premier digital safety experts in the county, INVISIS to help you keep your identity safe. We offer an excellent product at an affordable rate with three a la cart options to choose from: Identity theft protection, computer protection and theft support and social media monitoring.
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