Being Tech Savvy will Help Protect Your Finances by @AZanswers

Being Tech Savvy will Help Protect Your Finances

Today’s world has a new peril called cyber-attacks they happen every day. Don’t let it happen to you! Below are a few tips to help you on your way to being tech savvy. Be Sure and take our quiz below and see how well you score.

P – Proceed with caution when using personal checks or giving out personal information on any forms.

R – Require Strong Passcodes – Do not use easily guessable information (dog names, address, date of birth, etc.) and never use the same password twice.

O – Open only emails that you recognize-be sure to look behind the email address and do not click on a link in an e-mail

T – Think about what you post – criminals are watching.  By advertising your current location, you are letting them know that you are out of town with an empty house.

E – Expect phishing so slow down when you are responding to emails and read the fine print.

C – Check security settings on social media accounts, email accounts, phones, etc. to make sure sensitive information protected, especially after updates.

T – Trust your instincts—Use your common sense.   You do not have to respond to everything if it doesn’t feel right

 

Y – Don’t say yes or your name on the phone – they can be recording your voice.

O – Opt out- do not fill out surveys just because they ask.

U – Uber Protection – If you are leaving from home, set your pickup down the street and walk. Do not give them your home address.

R – Read app(lication) agreements – nothing is for free.  Be smart about providing as little information as possible.

S – Never give out your Social Security Number (just because they ask for it).

E – Explore safely- Prepare ahead of traveling to ensure your home and finances are protected. Set alerts set for credit cards and bank accounts when traveling.

L – Lock your cellphone—always use a VPN on your phone and computer.

F – Fingerprints – Be cautious about providing this information. Disney uses them for your Magic Band but tries to protect the use of them.


About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™). If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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