Cyber security and data protection are something that we take very seriously at Boston Standard. We retain a firm that monitors our systems 24/7 and works continually to ensure our cyber security systems remain up-to-date. While we work hard to keep client information safe on our end, it’s equally important that our clients do the same from theirs. Below is a list of best practices we recommend all our clients implement. While it’s not exhaustive, these should provide a solid foundation to protect your personal and financial information:
- We strongly recommend utilizing a Password Manager to handle all of your online passwords securely. These will help you create a strong and unique password for each application and minimize your exposure to “credential stuffing” where hackers attempt to reuse previously compromised credentials.
- Freeze your credit reports with all three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion).
- Do not email sensitive data (account numbers, birthdates, social security numbers, etc.) or attachments with sensitive data unless the email is encrypted.
- Activate multi-factor authentication on all websites that offer this powerful safeguard.
- Pay for antivirus software that covers your computers, tablets, and mobile devices.
- Utilize a firewall for your home internet service.
- Do not click on web/email links originating from a questionable source.
- Always update software and operating systems when prompted. A huge percentage of these updates involve increased security protection due to a previous breach.
- Consider using a VPN.
- Do not use public Wifi without using a VPN.
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