Cyber Safety -

posted Sep 7, 2018, 10:53 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

1) YOU ARE YOUR DATA


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


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/finger prints/application locks/pin access to applications


3) WHEN ASKED FOR PII, 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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