Did you know that 48% of data security breaches are caused by acts of malicious intent? System failure or human error account for the rest. With an increasing amount of individuals falling victim to data breaches each year, it is important to take action against these attacks as much as possible, especially with tax season on the horizon. To express support, it is important to spread awareness of Data Privacy Day on January 28th so that we can encourage individuals to practice safer measures when it comes to keeping their information safe.
Here are 5 tips for keeping your data safe:
File your taxes early.
By filing early, you have a better chance of beating out the cyber crimina
ls who may want to file with your information. If you file too late and fall victim to a tax scam, the process of getting out of that mess can be quite lengthy, so it is crucial to file your taxes sooner than later.
Update your passwords frequently.
Having just one password for every account you have may seem like the easy route to take, however, if a hacker can guess your password for just one account, then they will have access to all the others as well. That is why having unique and different passwords for each of your accounts is important for the safety of your personal data.
3. Shred important documents.
The fact of the matter is that “dumpster diving” remains a very common non-technical scheme for obtaining your sensitive information. Getting in the habit of shredding your personal documents once there is no need for them will only benefit you in the end.
4. Monitor your accounts for fraudulent activity.
Signing up for identity theft protection services is another way to keep your personal data safe. These services will alert you when there is any activity with your personal information, so you can rest easy knowing you are being protected. It is also important to frequently check your credit report to make sure there isn’t any unwarranted activity going on and if so, to immediately dispute the credit report errors.
5. Secure Wifi.
Having an unsecure wifi network is an easy way for identity thieves to hack your sensitive information. Once hacked, they have access to your login and bank information, files stored on your laptop and cellular devices as well as a connection to the sites you have previously visited- a gold mine for any identity thief. To prevent this from happening, make sure your network is protected by a WPN password or limit your time spent on public wifi.
If you have any other tips you think would be helpful, please feel free to share them below. Let us help spread awareness of Data Privacy Day in order to keep all of our personal information safe.