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Cyber Safety - Be Aware

posted Feb 21, 2017, 10:34 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 2:27 PM ]
1) YOU ARE YOUR DATA

Criminals need 2 things to perpetrate cyber crime: Your Personal Identifying Information, and access to a Point of Compromise.

Examples of Personal Identifying Information (PII):
Names/Usernames
Date of Birth
Mother's Maiden Name
Address(es)
Phone Number(s)
Email Account(s)
Passwords
Social Security Number
Account Number(s)

Examples of Points of Compromise:
   Physical Items -
      Dumpster diving, mail theft, check fraud, burglaries, purse/wallet snatching
   Technology -
      Skimming, Shoulder Surfing, Gas Pumps, Point of Sale (POS) devices, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
   Computer and Internet
      Social Media, Email, Unsecure Websites, Online Shopping, Classifieds, Unsecure Wifi, Filesharing, Bot Nets, Data Breach
   Mobile Devices
      SMS Phishing, GeoTagging, Spyware, Malware, Bluejacking, Near Field Communication (NFC), Quick Response Codes

 
2) IF IT HAS A LOCK, USE IT

Secure Points of Compromise- Balance convenience versus safety/security
   Physical Items
      Use physical locks, purge, shred, secure mail
   Technology
      Credit versus Debit versus Cash (Pin number versus Zip Code)
   Computer and Internet
      Strong Passwords - A password as a lock (15 digits or more, Caps, lowercase, Number, Symbol!)  StrongPassCodes@HomeBEasy693.us
      Two Factor - If a dual authentication method is available USE IT
   Mobile devices
      Limit access, use passcodes/application locks/pin access to applications

3) WHEN ASKED FOR, ASK WHAT FOR?

Practice responsible sharing
   ASK:
      WHY do you need my PII?
      WHAT are you going to do with it?
      HOW will you protect my data?
      HOW can I monitor my data?
      WHAT will you do when you are done with the data?

Plan for Safety -
It costs more NOT to pay attention 
   Use technology to monitor and protect your data
   Educate yourself on emerging technologies
   Be mindful of safety versus convenience when accessing technology

Resources for Remediation:

Federal Trade Commission:  File a complaint: 1-877-FTC-HELP or  1-877-382-4357  http://www.ftc.gov

Identity Theft Resource Center: 888-400-5530  http://www.idtheftcenter.org

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:   http://www.privacyrights.org

These tips provided by NOVA - National Organization for Victim Assistance 1-800-879-6682.
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