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10 Tips to Keep Your Data Safe

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With the increased use of technology, the volume of data that can be misused or stolen has expanded, as well as the information access points that cyber-criminals can leverage. With the increased use of mobile devices, tablets, and other technology, there are even more targets from which to steal sensitive data.

Here are some examples of quick tips to help keep your information/data safe and secure:

  Tip #1. Use strong passwords that include special characters; passwords should be more than eight characters, easy to remember but hard to guess and should not include information from your social media accounts.

  Tip #2. Don’t re-use passwords on your accounts in case one gets breached; use a unique password for each of your financial and email accounts.

  Tip #3. Leverage multi-factor authentication (MFA) when available (e.g., One-Time-Passcodes or Tokens).

  Tip #4. Never give out personal information on the phone, in an email, or over the Internet unless you trust the person requesting the information.

  Tip #5. Be cautious of links and attachments in emails, which may contain malicious software. Think before your click/download attachments. Verify content/messages in suspicious emails or calls with a verified source (e.g., call a known company or personal number).

  Tip #6. Be careful what you share on social media; cybercriminals can use this information to craft targeted phishing emails designed to steal your information.

  Tip #7. Don’t save payment information online; if credit card information isn’t saved online, hackers can’t steal it.

  Tip #8. Keep your mobile devices (e.g., cell phone, tablets) updated with the latest firmware upgrades when prompted to do so by the manufacturer; many times, these upgrades contain security enhancements.

  Tip #9. Use your company-issued computer/devices for work-related tasks only, including email and the Internet; do not let others in your household use company devices.

  Tip #10. If something seems suspicious (an urgent call to action, too good to be true offers such as free products and vacations), it probably is. Slow down and think before you act.

In the end, when it comes to keeping your data safe, the “human firewall” is one of the best protections against a data breach or cyberattack. Since 90% percent of data breaches are due to human error, collaboration, intention, and negligence,  educating people on cybersecurity best practices (building your “human firewall) is one of the best ways to help avert an incident. No amount of process or sophisticated technology can offset the simple act of clicking on a malicious link or accidentally sending sensitive information in an email.

The information above is provided as a convenience, without warranties of any kind and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. disclaims all warranties, express and implied, with respect to the information. You are solely responsible for securing your systems, networks, and data. You should engage a qualified security expert to advise on your specific needs and requirements.

 

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