Cybersecurity Series: Protecting Your Financial Data

Oct 31, 2023 Willow Creek Wealth Management Posted in Cybersecurity, Instructional, Video

Today, we're delving into the vital topic of device security, an essential aspect of safeguarding your financial data.

The Power of Encryption

One of the first lines of defense for your devices is encryption. While many mobile devices now come with encryption by default, it's often not enabled out of the box for laptops and desktops. Make sure to activate full-disk encryption on these devices to safeguard your sensitive information, especially in case your device is lost or stolen.

Keeping Your System Updated

Keeping your system up to date is vital. Updates not only introduce new features but also fix bugs and patch security flaws. Regularly reboot your computer, at least once a week, to allow these updates to process. This simple habit can keep your system running smoothly and securely.

Caution with Public Wi-Fi

When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, like those in airports, hotels, or coffee shops, exercise extra caution. These networks are not as secure as your home network, making it easier for snoopers to intercept your data or access your device. Consider tethering your laptop to your mobile phone's cellular network or using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, adding an extra layer of protection on these unsecured networks. While it doesn't make your laptop entirely immune to intrusion, it significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access to your online activities.

USB Drives: Handle with Care

USB drives can be a vector for viruses and malware to infiltrate your computer. Only plug in USB drives that you fully trust. Never insert an unknown or untrusted USB drive, as it may compromise the security of your system.

Your Financial Well-Being in the Digital Age

Device security is a fundamental aspect of protecting your financial well-being in the digital age. Make sure your devices are encrypted, keep them up to date, and practice caution when using public Wi-Fi networks. Adding a VPN to your security arsenal is a smart move. Always exercise caution when connecting USB drives to your computer.

We Are Here to Help

Remember to take these steps seriously, and don't forget that we are here to help.

We offer complimentary cybersecurity checkups to all our clients.

If you'd like to schedule yours or have any questions about safeguarding your data, please don't hesitate to reach out.