As our personal data increasingly goes digital — and as nefarious hackers become savvier than ever — a data breach is just a click or two away.
We asked Clair Bauman, BS ’98, MBA ’00, director of the Financial Services Regulatory Office at Kyndryl, what you can do to help protect yourself:
- Never click on links in emails. Always go to the website directly if you need to log in and check an account.
- Don’t call any number provided in an email. If it’s an issue with your credit card, call the number on the back of the card and don’t fall for “urgent requests.”
- Make them tell you it’s mandatory. Just because a form asks for your Social Security number doesn’t mean you have to fill it in.
- Use a password manager. Services like 1Password help you create strong, unique passwords and will alert you of potential data leaks.
- Secure your phone. Our whole lives are on our phones, so make sure you protect yours with a passcode, fingerprint or facial recognition.