These days, the majority of people have sensitive financial information online. In fact, 72% of Americans mostly access their banking accounts online or through mobile apps, continuing a growing trend.[1]  

As our lives become increasingly digital, so does our personal and sensitive information. If we don't take precautions to protect our data, then we risk becoming victims of breaches and cyber-attacks, which are on the rise. During the three months ending in June 2018, there were 765 million cyber-attacks, affecting billions of people worldwide.[2]  

From your investment accounts to your tax details and beyond, these three tips may help better protect your electronic data:

1. Strengthen your passwords.
An easily hackable password is like leaving a door locked with your key in it: You're inviting someone to take advantage. To create a secure password, avoid using personal details (like your child's name), words found in any dictionary, or the same password across various accounts.[3] 

2. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPNs help shield your identity, location, and data by routing your internet traffic through an encrypted, virtual tunnel. You can choose from a number of VPN apps for your computers and mobile phones. As a quickly growing method to safeguard data, VPNs are an easy way to help provide powerful protection.[4] 

3. Encrypt browsing sessions.
Whenever you visit a URL that uses "HTTP," you aren't on a secure site. As another layer of protection, you can install browser plugins that turn unsecure websites into secure, encrypted connections via "HTTPS."[5] 

The Takeaway
While no one can completely remove the threats from storing electronic data, you can take steps to help better safeguard your sensitive information. These tips are a starting point for protecting your and your family's security with minimal effort.


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[1] www.aba.com/Press/Pages/101618MCResults.aspx
[2] www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/12/28/data-breaches-2018-billions-hit-growing-number-cyberattacks/2413411002/
[3] www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2018/03/27/Creating-and-Managing-Strong-Passwords
[4] www.pcmag.com/article/352757/you-need-a-vpn-and-heres-why
[5] www.wired.com/story/google-chrome-https-not-secure-label/
www.techworld.com/security/best-8-secure-browsers-3246550/