How can you protect your personal identity, passwords and financial assets?
We recently published a blog article titled “What is Cybersecurity Insurance?” which addressed how businesses of all sizes are targeted by hackers and cyber criminals. This article addresses the consumer side of cybersecurity, and how you can protect your personal identity, passwords and financial assets.
As a consumer, the more access you have to financial resources and digital tools, the more vulnerable you become to identity theft. And as a member of the digital age, it’s getting easier than ever before for criminals to find your personal information and take advantage of your trust. Fortunately, there are lots of simple steps you can take to keep your personal information safe from identity thieves. You can read our Expert Blog article Taking a Deeper Look at Cyber Crime In this blog post we’ll discuss how to protect yourself from identity theft by understanding the three main types of ID theft and avoiding pitfalls when using online services. Keep reading to learn more about how being aware of red flags can help prevent you from becoming a victim of cybercrime in the first place.
Ai Insurance Organization offers an affordable membership to help protect what matters most. We partnered with Walnut, a Canadian InsurTech that works with brands that are protecting the identities of over 19 million customers worldwide. Walnut works with Sontiq (formerly Cyberscout) and Dashlane, two security brands that are protecting the lives of over 19 million customers worldwide. We’ll explain how they work for customers like you.
How does Cyberscout work?
Cyberscout, now part of the Sontiq family, is a new service that allows you to securely store your passwords, phone number, or any other personal information on their servers. This means they’re able to encrypt all of your sensitive data, which protects it from identity thieves and malicious hackers. This is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft. By storing your personal information with Cyberscout, you can rest easy knowing that it will be safe wherever you go.
Through Cyberscout, Walnut’s personal protection plan offers:
- $1M identity reimbursement coverage
- $25K in ransomware coverage
- $25K in social engineering coverage
- Credit monitoring services
How to protect your personal identity
One of the most important things you can do to protect your personal identity is to follow good digital hygiene. Keep your passwords, bank account details and other sensitive information ‘locked up’ in a safe place. Use a password manager so you don’t have to remember them yourself and most importantly, use a different password for every online account. Use two-factor authentication as well when possible – it’s easier for hackers to break into an account if they don’t need both factors.
Another key component of protecting your personal identity is being aware of red flags that could indicate identity theft. If someone contacts you asking for information about your financial accounts, make sure to ask them why they are contacting you before sharing any identifying information with them. Ask detailed questions about how they will use the information so you know it won’t be misused or used against you later on. Be wary if someone asks for anything related to your financial accounts even after they have been asked specific questions.
How does Dashlane work?
Dashlane is a personal data management service that helps you protect your personal identity, passwords and financial assets from being stolen. Dashlane scans your email for phishing scams, monitors your online accounts for suspicious activity and helps you manage your passwords across all devices. It also provides alerts when new information about you or the website you’re on is released. The service is free to use and comes with an extensive set of features that will help keep your personal information safe while making logging into your accounts faster and easier than ever before.
How to protect your internet passwords
Don’t use the same password for more than one account. This is a simple but important step in protecting yourself from hackers and identity thieves. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, someone who steals your information could gain access to all of your accounts with just one login.
- unlimited password storage
- secure password generation
- dark web monitoring and identity theft services
- available on an unlimited number of devices (phone, tablet, laptop etc.)
How to protect your financial assets from hackers and scammers
When it comes to protecting your financial assets, the best thing you can do is use caution. The most common way to
protect yourself from identity theft is to keep your finances safe by avoiding personal information that can be used for identity theft. So if you’re a consumer, avoid giving out your bank account information over the phone or online. If you’re a business owner, focus on safety and security of your customers. You should also monitor your credit reports often as well as changing passwords frequently so you can detect any fraudulent activity on your accounts or accounts belonging to others. This will help reduce the chances of being a victim of identity theft when scammers try to steal someone else’s identity or try to get access to your account information in order to take advantage of it.
Our package also includes 24/7 access to legal advice through My Friendly Lawyer. My Friendly Lawyer offers:
- 24/7 access to unbiased legal advice from licensed lawyers
- simple legal document review
- demand letter preparation, and is
- applicable to all types of law including, but not limited to:
- personal and civil
- residential and strata
- immigration and family
- small business
- contract reviews, and more.
If purchased separately, the services are $30 per month, but as Ai Insurance Organization is the exclusive insurance broker partner for Walnut, Walnut has offered this personal protection plan to our clients for just $10 per month. Moving forward, all social media promotions will list the $10 per month price.
To learn more, please visit our personal cybersecurity protection page on their platform.