3 Tips For The Best Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online
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You must proactively protect yourself. You must use:
- An organized view of your complete financial picture, with alerts
- Password protection
- Credit monitoring
1. Get a complete view
You must monitor the activity in your accounts. Doing so requires an organized view of everything in one place.
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2. Get password protection
Passwords secure our most important information. The challenge is that we have dozens of passwords. Because remembering multiple passwords is difficult, we tend to make two mistakes:
1. We use shorter passwords than we should (not strong)
2. We repeat passwords (not unique)
You must use a password manager. Like anything, password protection systems take a bit to get used to but once you will never go back. Not familiar with how password protection works? Click here to learn more.
3. Monitor your credit
If you do not periodically check your credit, it is virtually impossible to know if your identity has been stolen, if somebody is fraudulently opening accounts in your name, or if you have simply made a mistake and overlooked an important bill.
You must monitor your credit. With credit monitoring, mistakes and fraud can be caught before they destroy your credit.
Other helpful cybersecurity tips
The following are the recommended best practices for your security:
You should use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on all applications that allow it.
You should have access-alerts set for all of your critical systems. These are notifications that alert you when your system is accessed from a new location or device.
You should have financial alerts on large transactions (email / text notifications).
You should disable your browser from storing passwords and clear out passwords in Google and Keychain.
Online is better than paper. You should eliminate paper statements and paper storage.
Document storage should be in a secure online vault
Three layers of security is best:
- A password manager + MFA + alerts and notifications is the best practice for security.
Additional free educational resources from Anasova:
- Monitor your accounts, see everything in one place
- How To Protect Your Passwords, And Your Money
- How to Boost Your Credit Score
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