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6 Cyber Security Tips
As you manage your wealth and other aspects of your life online, be mindful of online threats. The markets and financial services are prime targets due to potential monetary rewards. Here are some suggestions to help you stay safer online.
1. Password Tips
✓ Do use strong passwords, at least 10 characters and containing a mixture of lower and upper case letters, numbers and characters.
✓ Do turn on two-factor authentication where available.
✓ Do use a password management software tool to safeguard and manage your distinct passwords.
✓ Do use strong, unique passwords for each of your sensitive logins, including retail and investment banking, brokerage, credit card accounts, 401(k) and benefits.
❌ Don't use personal and generic passwords.
❌ Don't share passwords with anyone.
❌ Don't use the same password for more than one login.
❌ Don't continue to use the same password if you suspect that a site is compromised.
2. Email Tips
3. Online Behavior Tips
If you do business or post information online, look closely at the web page address to make sure that the URL starts with HTTPS or that it has a padlock icon on the web address bar. This means it is encrypted and has an additional layer of security.
4. Device Protection Tips
5. Internet Tips
✓ Do treat public Wi-Fi with caution; it is inherently insecure. Be careful when traveling.
✓ Do secure your home network, using the most updated, encrypted secure network system — Wireless Protected Access (WPA2).
❌ Don't automatically connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots and don't assume public Wi-Fi is safe.
❌ Don't automatically conduct sensitive personal or work business on public Wi-Fi. For work, use your company's Virtual Private Network, if your organization has one.
6. Safeguard Tips
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