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At Insight Credit Union, the security of member information is a priority. Every day, unscrupulous individuals are busy developing new scams targeting the unsuspecting public and one of the best ways to avoid fraud is to become an educated consumer. Our Security Center offers a variety of valuable materials regarding information security. Be sure to check back often as content is updated regularly.

Data Privacy During a Pandemic

With kids still attending online classes and many adults still working from their homes, we are using more and more data, which is increasing the possibility of our personal information getting into the wrong hands.

International Data Privacy Day, a worldwide initiative to promote awareness of the importance of privacy online as well as protecting personal information, was January 28th. But it’s a good reminder to practice data privacy every day of the year.

This year’s International Data Privacy Day theme focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the way we live, work and interact.

To protect you and your family, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers these tips:

Protect your kids:

  • Talk to your children about never giving out their Social Security numbers, account numbers and passwords.
  • Let them know that downloading “free” games, apps or other media can contain harmful software called malware, which can compromise their identity.
  • Teach them about using strong passwords. The longer the password, the harder it is to crack. Login names, birthdates, addresses and common words or phrases are not safe passwords. Also, reinforce the importance to not share passwords with anyone, including their friends.

Protect yourself:

  • Keep your software updated – Most apps, web browsers and operating systems will proactively offer the latest updates for increasing protection against cyber threats.
  • Use Two-Factor Authentication – Two-factor authentication requires not only a password, but also another piece of information, such as a code sent to your phone or a number generated from an app or token, to log into your account.
  • Use Encrypted Sites When Giving out Personal Information – To determine whether a site is encrypted, look for the letter “S” after the “http” in the beginning of a web address. This simple letter is a good signal to indicate the site is secure.

In addition to urging individuals to be vigilant in protecting themselves online, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is encouraging businesses “to keep individuals’ personal information safe from unauthorized access and ensuring fair, relevant and legitimate data collection and processing.”

Businesses are urged to abide by the following practices:

  • Protect clients’ information with security measures to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Know privacy laws pertaining to your business and educate employees on their responsibility to protect personal information.
  • Create a culture of privacy within your company.
  • Be honest and transparent about how your company collects and uses information.
  • Know if and how vendors or partners are using clients’ information.

International Data Privacy Day may only be observed once a year, but its principles should be practiced every day to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands.