This blog is part of a series where we share insider expertise for keeping your information safe. Follow along each month as our information security experts share tips on protecting your identity and your data both online and off.
As we continue to advance in a technological world, data security becomes a topic of greater importance. According to bankinfosecuirty.com, security professionals predict an increase in privacy breaches in 2018 due to lack of knowledge regarding restricted uses of personal information. A challenge of information privacy is to have adequate protection of data in a multifaceted environment. It is important for individuals and businesses to keep information security on the forefront of their minds on a daily basis.
What is PII?
PII stands for Personally Identifiable Information. This data can identify a specific person such as a name, email address, phone number, address or social security number.
Sensitive Personal Identifying Information includes information that is not available elsewhere or may harm the individual by becoming available. In general terms, it is any information that could be used by criminals to conduct identity theft, blackmail, stalking, or other crimes against an individual.
Sensitive PII can include:
Social Security Numbers
Bank Account Numbers
Healthcare Related Information
Medical Insurance Information
Credit and Debit Card Numbers
How to Protect Yourself
Earlier this year, we shared five ways to be proactive with your online security to help you stay a step ahead of fraudsters. However, there are many ways you can help protect your data off line such as shredding your documents or keeping an eye out for social engineering.
We also recommend practicing good cyber hygiene in both your personal and work life. Things like complex non-repeating passwords, anti-virus software and regular document shredding are important in both environments. We recommend you are careful with what you choose to share online; posting too much information may increase your chances of being targeted. You can also turn on privacy settings and limit your use of third-party applications.
We understand that most people are incredibly busy these days and one of the last things they want to do is spend more time protecting their identity from fraudsters. However, the fact remains that data security must be viewed as an integral part of everyone’s job. The good news is that many of the tips and advice we provide above are simple and not very time consuming. Our hope is that by making these activities just another part of one’s busy day, they become fast and easy.
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