Protecting Your Personal Information

and Finances


Following are a few tips to protect your personal data and finances from being hacked or stolen:


  •  It is important for you to destroy your personal or financial information. Information such as credit card statements should always be shredded. Throwing garbage or old food in the bag filled with shreds also keeps garbage diggers out.

  • Do not enter personal information on the internet using public wifi. Keep all personal info, online purchases, or bank account info in your home on your own private wifi. If you need to login to something personal like email, always make sure you sign out before leaving a public computer such as at the library.

  •  Do not click links in emails, facebook messages, or text messages. Sometimes these messages come from strangers, sometimes they come from people who appear to be your “friend” or someone you know. If you think it’s odd a friend sent you a link stating for you to “check this out,” it’s most likely someone trying to hack your account or give you a virus. Delete the message and alert your friend that their account was used to send a message.

  • Changing your password every few months can be helpful.  Definitely change your password if any account has been “phished” or “hacked.” If your account sent an email to a friend you don’t recognize, change your password immediately.

  •  Set up facebook two-factor authentication.  Every time you log into Facebook on a different device, it will ask for a code. This prevents others from logging into your account.

  • Use a company such as LifeLock to protect your information. They will alert you if there is unusual activity in any of your personal or financial accounts.

  • If you lose your credit card, immediately put a hold on it.  Alert necessary parties if any information of yours is lost of stolen.

  • Do not share your information with anyone.  Do not share passwords or emails with others.