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Four Crucial Cybercrime Prevention Steps

Four Crucial Cybercrime Prevention Steps

Four steps to prevent cybercrime: password protection, secure each device, limit public Wi-Fi, and eliminate malware.

Cybersecurity is a vitally important aspect of overseeing your personal finances. There are two reasons why:

1. The internet is now woven into everything we do.
2. Cybercrime is a growing and serious threat.

In 2016, JP Morgan published an overview of the biggest threats in cybersecurity. In our last post, we reviewed one of those critical areas: email security. This week we cover four other areas that every internet-connected person should consider. This post, along with JP Morgan’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness will provide detailed steps to help protect yourself, your assets and personal information.

Cybercrime Prevention Step #1: Secure Passwords

Passwords are your first line of defense against a cyberattack.

Hackers use dictionaries, names, linguistic patterns, and can break into over 60% of passwords used today – possibly including yours. Here are some steps you can take to secure your password.

  • Use long and complex passwords – at least 10 characters.
  • Don’t share your passwords or publicly post passwords.
  • Use special characters and numbers.
  • Use phrases, not just words.

Image from: JP Morgan’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness

Cybercrime Prevention Step #2: Secure Each Device

Every device connected to the internet can be hacked. Even your smart watch. Hackers can even create clones of real websites and steal personal data on every devices. Here are some things you can do to help secure your devices.

  • Keep all your browser software up-to-date.
  • Always us HTTPS on websites when entering personal information. (Most sites now include this feature, but you can check by looking at the address bar in your browser.)
  • Log out after conducting an online banking session.
  • Avoid sites containing illegal content or downloads. 

Image from: JP Morgan’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness

Cybercrime Prevention Step #3: Limit Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is very convenient and very dangerous. It’s become a popular way for hackers to find would-be victims. Use public Wi-Fi only if you must, and always take precautions.

  • Never use public Wi-Fi for banking or shopping transactions.
  • Turn off file sharing to public Wi-Fi so other users can’t access your personal files.
  • Do NOT automatically connect to non-preferred networks.

Image from: JP Morgan’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness

Cybercrime Prevention Step #4: Prevent Malware

Malware is a serious and persistent threat. Data thieves can break-in, steal, and destroy any of your internet-enabled devices with malware. Here are some tips to help prevent malware.

  • Install anti-virus software.
  • Be careful what you click-on and download.
  • Be wary of suspicious-looking email.
  • Do NOT trust pop-up windows, especially on unfamiliar sites.

 

Image from: JP Morgan’s Guide to Cybersecurity Awareness

Other Cybersecurity Areas To Watch

These are not the only areas to review for optimal cybercrime prevention. Other areas include email security, social engineering protection, mobile attack awareness, and home network security. But this overview should give you a good start in preventing future cyberattacks. Address these 4 areas and you’ll be ahead of most internet users. That will help keep your financial records more secure. 

 


 

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