Cyber Security: More Important Now Than Ever

Cyber security is more important now than ever due to internet shopping and other online activites.

If you’re like most Americans, you probably rely on the internet for many things like, buying birthday gifts, booking vacations, managing accounts and even paying bills. You’re trusting a company with some type of personal information with every transaction made. Even if you try to limit online purchases, most corporate systems are still connected to the internet in some way. This means your personal data is likely stored in many online databases and cyber security could be a worthy investment.

Data security is a pretty hot topic these days, and it has every right to be. News headlines are full of data breaches – we all know it’s possible for personal information to get into the wrong hands. Cyber thieves are always looking for ways to steal your personal data. However, there are steps you can take to add an extra layer of protection to your data from theft.

Here are a few tips to follow to increase your online security:
  1. Never use a public computer when online shopping. Public computers or networks are dangerous due to the fact that you do not know who might use it after you. Forgetting to properly close out of the buying portal correctly may give the next user all of your data.
  2. Don’t save your passwords. No matter how secure your computer may be – there is always the risk of viruses, malware, and hacks. With saved and auto-fill passwords, thieves can lift this information right off of your computer if hacked.  
  3. Only use secure payment sites. Although many trusted and online sellers use secure sites and programs to protect your data, some do not and it’s so easy to overlook this point when online shopping. Always check for security credentials on the purchasing page before continuing with payment information. 
  4. Keep an eye on your bank statements. In case cyber theft does occur, you want to rectify the damage and notice any lost money as soon as possible. Keep online receipts; take screenshots or print them off to be sure you know where you make purchases. Immediately report unfamiliar charges to your account.  

Cyber security insurance is a possibility if you need further protection for your data. Atwater Insurance Agency is located in both Tifton, Georgia and Fitzgerald, Georgia. We offer coverage for your home, automobile, business, or farm. Call our office to talk more about the various providers we offer for our customers. Let us find the right protection for the risks you face. Our number is (229) 382-9000.  

All policies are subject to different forms, exclusions and endorsements. Be sure to contact your agent for final confirmation of coverage and underwriting policies.