Three Things You Need to Know About Internet Security

WORST PASSWORDS OF 2013

SplashData, Inc. has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the internet. The top three worst passwords during 2013 were:

■ 123456

■ password

■ 12345678

 

EMAIL FRAUD RED FLAGS

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Email hackers are infiltrating client email accounts and subsequently attempting to make fraudulent account inquiries and wire requests. Here are some red flags to look out for:

CHECK THE SPELLING: Scammers are notorious for their lack of basic spelling and grammar skills. Look for misspelled words and incomplete or awkwardly written sentences.

URGENCY: Scammers always express the urgency of need to wire funds.


NO PHONE ACCESS: Perpetrators have clever storylines as to why they are unable to speak with you on the phone.


DON'T BE A VICTIM

Here are some guidelines for making sure you don't become a victim of this dangerous hacking scam:

CONFIRM: Always verify email requests with your client by telephone or in person. 



ENCRYPT: Do not send client personal information in an unencrypted email. For assistance with encryption, please review SmarshEncrypt.


Personal Information that must be protected at all times:

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  • Account Numbers
  • Account Balances - Values, Screenshots or Attachments
  • Information Regarding Income or Assets
  • Credit Card Number or Debit Card Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's License Number
  • Date of Birth