Principle 1: You are your DATA

Principle 2: If it has a lock, use it

Principle  3: When asked FOR, ask WHAT FOR?

Principle 4: It costs more NOT to pay attention


PRINCIPLE 1 | YOU ARE YOUR DATA

Criminals need 2 things to perpetrate cyber crime: Your Personal Identifying Information, and access to a Point of Compromise.

Examples of Personal Identifying Information

  • • Name/username(s)
  • • Date of Birth
  • • Mother’s maiden name
  • • Address(s)
  • • Phone number(s)
  • • Email account(s)
  • • Passwords
  • • Social Security Number

Examples of Points of Compromise

  • • Physical items
    Examples: Dumpster diving, mail theft, check fraud, burglaries, purse/wallet snatching, shoulder surfing
  • • Technology
    Examples: Skimming, gas pumps, Point-of-Sale devices, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • • Computer and Internet
    Examples: Social Media, Email, Unsecure Websites/online shopping/classifieds, Unsecure Wi-Fi, Filesharing, BotNets, Data breaches
  • • Mobile devices
    Examples: SMShing, Geotagging, Spyware, Bluejacking, Near Field Communication, Quick Response Codes

PRINCIPLE 2 | IF IT HAS A LOCK, USE IT!

Secure Points of Compromise
Balance convenience vs. safety

  • • Physical Items
    Use physical locks, purge, shred, secure mail
  • • Technology
    Credit vs. debit vs. cash (PIN vs. Zip code)
  • • Computer/Internet
    STRONG Password. A password is a lock.
  • • Mobile devices
    Limit access, use password/application locks

 

PRINCIPLE 3 | WHEN ASKED FOR ASK, WHAT FOR?

Practice responsible data sharing.
ASK:

  • • WHY do you need my PII?
  • • WHAT are you going to do with it?
  • • HOW will you protect it?
  • • HOW can I monitor my data?
  • • WHAT will you do when you are done with it?

 

PRINCIPLE 4 – IT COSTS MORE NOT TO PAY ATTENTION

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
SAFETY PLAN!

  • • Use technology to monitor and protect data
  • • Educate yourself on emerging technologies
  • • Be mindful of safety vs. convenience when accessing technology
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