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Internet Safety Month – Keeping Financial Information Secure

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Over the past few months, more and more Americans have been shopping online for everything from groceries to some silly purchases they may not have technically needed. In our desire to keep our families safe during a global pandemic, we may have been avoiding brick-and-mortar retail, but that does not mean there’s not a safety issue doing business online. With people using more data on more devices now more than ever, hackers and other malicious actors lurk around virtually every corner of the internet, waiting for any open door to access your most valuable information.

The Federal Trade Commission offers general consumer information for protecting your personal and financial information in order to reduce the risk of identity theft: “There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.”

Maintaining appropriate security on your computers and devices is where Kinetic Secure shines. Kinetic Secure blocks viruses, malware and ransomware. The total internet protection secures online identity, date and transactions, as well as defends families from cybercrime. It even tracks as you enter websites of financial institutions and can warn you if they are deemed risky based on industry criteria.

Among the other recommendations from the FTC:

  • Use Security Software – on the gateway and on each device with the On-the-Go Security application
    • Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall.
  • Use Parental Controls
    • To block specific and even entire categories of websites that may be risky or age inappropriate
  • Be Alert to Impersonators
    • Don’t give out personal information unless you initiated the call, email or internet connection.
  • Safely Dispose of Personal Information
    • Wipe all devices before you recycle them.
  • Encrypt Your Data
    • Look for the lock icon before you send personal or financial information online.
  • Keep Passwords Private
  • Use Security Software – on the gateway and on each device with the On-the-Go Security application
    • Install anti-virus software, anti-spyware software and a firewall.
  • Use Parental Controls
    • To block specific and even entire categories of websites that may be risky or age inappropriate
  • Avoid Phishing Emails
  • Be Wise About Wi-Fi
    • Avoid sending personal information over unsecured Wi-Fi. Make sure your home Wi-Fi is getting optimal performance.
  • Read Privacy Policies
    • These tell you how the site maintains accuracy, access, security, and control of the personal information it collects, how it uses the information, and whether it provides information to third parties.

Kinetic Secure is the partner you need to keep your personal and financial information protected while safely doing business online.