Ryan Wilk, VP at NuData, and Lisa Baergen, Director at NuData, both commented on a report issued yesterday by This is Money that gives seven general cybersecurity tips to protect oneself from malicious fraudsters attempting to collect your personally identifiable informaiton.
By looking at your photos or videos, hackers can figure out where you live and work. They can find your spouse’s name and who you socialise with – even the name of your pet that you may use as an answer to stronger security questions – even your mother’s maiden name, a favourite data point used by creditors and financial institutions to verify your identity.
Most fraudsters will first try to contact you with an email pretending to be from your bank or financial institution, or perhaps from a trusted merchant brand. Be very wary of any emails received from these sources – it is highly unlikely that any bank will contact you via email. Unfortunately, emails from brands are standard routine (sometimes, all-too-often) and have become extremely realistic and sophisticated. If an incoming, unsolicited email is asking for your personal and/or financial information, do your research and/or pick up the phone and call the sender organisation directly.
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