Have you ever received an email from a reputable company that says “click on this link to complete a short survey and be eligible to win a prize”? In this day and age, cyber fraud is on the rise, and individual accounts are increasingly being compromised. By clicking on these links, fraudsters may be able to access your personal email account and use this information to gain access to your financial accounts.
As a registered investment advisor, Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors takes precaution to protect our clients’ assets, but it is important for individuals to be aware that fraud isn’t just individuals going through your garbage anymore to collect your information. Today, online security is a major concern.
Here are just a few tips to remember to help protect yourself from online threats:
- Update your operating system regularly, and make sure your antispyware/antivirus software is up to date.
- Use spam-filtering software, and use a firewall.
- Always log out of your internet session before moving on, and if using a public computer, be sure to completely log off.
- Don’t download free software from public computers.
- Avoid easily guessed passwords, and never use your social security number as a username or password.
- Never email your password.
- Don’t open emails from unfamiliar sources, and be skeptical of emails offering you money.
- Don’t click on strange links.
- Monitor your account information regularly, and if you suspect fraud, act quickly.
- Don’t share information or make purchases on a website that is not encrypted. An encrypted website has “s” after the “http” portion of the web address. Look for “https” before proceeding.
- Most importantly: Trust your Instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, stop immediately.
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