3 Things You Should Be Doing to Protect Your Financial Information

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Computers store, send, and collect data every day, especially the ones we use for business. Since we're used to this, we often don't realize how dangerous some data practices are. Online banking, purchases, and data input all make it possible for your information to fall into the wrong hands, putting your company, your employees, and your clients at risk.

Keep Your Financial Data Safe

The good news is that it's simple to keep your information safe with a few essential practices. Here are a few things to bear in mind while you're surfing the web at work.

1. Check Before You Download

An email comes through, apparently from a co-worker or colleague, with a file attached. Since most of us are busy during the day, it's possible you'll hit "download" before even making sure the source is actually who you think it is. Perform a quick check before you download any files, especially from websites. Your email client should give you virus-checking abilities for emails, and you can use reputation-based technology embedded in your browser can protect you from downloading a virus.

2. Check Before You Click

Did you know some links can be just as dangerous as downloading files? Some links may seem innocuous, but a quick hover over them will show they're not directing you to the right site. If you don't recognize the site, don't access it. Keep in mind that many websites shorten URLs goo.gl, TinyURL, or bit.ly—so these URLs are often safe.

3. Be Password Smart

In our fast-paced business world, it can be tempting to set all of your passwords to something easy to input. But having the same weak password across platforms is a recipe for disaster. Be diligent in keeping your passwords complex and change them frequently.

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