Friday, Aug 23 2019

4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Widespread Cyber Hacks

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4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Widespread Cyber Hacks

 

In 2018, more than 2.5 billion user accounts were hacked. Many of the breaches exposed personal data, such as names, birth dates, addresses, email address, passwords, and Social Security numbers. Once your information has been taken, it can be hard to figure out what you can do to reduce your risk of damages. Luckily, there are things you can do. Here are four ways to protect yourself from widespread cyber hacks.

  1. Monitor Your Identity

One of the simplest steps you can take is to start monitoring your credit and identity. After a breach, many companies offer the service for free to those who were affected. However, there are also a variety of credit and identity theft protection services available that can accomplish the same goal.

By monitoring your credit and identity, you can spot signs of trouble early. You’ll receive alerts of any potentially suspicious behavior, allowing you to take action immediately and limit the damage.

 

  1. Limit Your Exposure

Most people have a staggering number of online accounts. From banking sign-ins to logins for smartphone games, a ton of companies likely have at least some personal information on you.

If you want to limit your exposure, only sign up for accounts that you actually need. When possible, use guest accounts for places you don’t intend to use often. If you absolutely must sign up for an account, make sure to delete it when it is no longer of use.

 

  1. Consider a Password Manager

Password manager software allows you to use a single password to use the application while giving you the ability to have a unique and complex password associated with every account. Since many people reuse passwords on several accounts, hackers can take passwords from one breach and use those details on other platforms, giving them access to more than just the compromised accounts.

With a password manager, you can eliminate repeated passwords on multiple sites. However, you also maintain the convenience of only having to remember one.

 

  1. Freeze Your Credit

Even if someone got enough personal information to potentially open accounts in your name, they can’t open a credit account if your credit is frozen. A credit freeze prevents anyone from pulling your credit (unless you lift the freeze). As a result, it is practically impossible to open a fraudulent account using your details.

You can freeze your credit with each of the three major bureaus. Often, you can do this online in as little as a few minutes. If you need to open a new account, you can temporarily unfreeze your credit so your application can be processed. Then, you can either refreeze it manually or set a date when it will freeze again automatically.

 

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By following the tips above, you can protect yourself from the ramifications of widespread cyber hacks. If you’d like to find out more, the skilled staff at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak one of our experienced team members today and see how our expertise can benefit you.