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CYBER SECURITY DOS AND DON'TS

October 28, 2015
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CYBER SECURITY DOS AND DON'TS

With the growing volume of personal data collected, stored and transmitted across networks by financial companies, corporations, hospitals, governments, and other businesses, it’s more important than ever to know how to safeguard your personal information and protect yourself from identity theft and cyber-related crimes. In order to help our clients mitigate the risk of such attacks, we recently held Russell Capital “Shred Day”, where clients and friends could stop by our office to securely dispose of their sensitive paper documents, and pick up some tips on the “dos and don'ts” of cyber security. 

We had a great time seeing everybody who came by, and while shredding is not the only step you should take to protect your identity and credit, it is one of the most important. At Russell Capital, we shred all sensitive documents on-site, using professional shredding services by Shred-it. We invite you to drop off any materials you’d like to dispose of securely at any time. 

Here are some additional tips on how you can help protect yourself from hackers and cyber-attacks online*:

First – Use strong passwords to protect access to your personal devices as well as to your personal internet connection. Use a combination of letters (capital and lowercase), numbers and symbols, and do not use the same password for every account.

  • password → Pa$$w0Rd
  • gocats → %g0.cAt$%

Second – Keep your software and apps up-to-date. Installing updates as soon as they're available prevents attackers from being able to take advantage of known vulnerabilities.

Third – Disable remote connectivity, like Bluetooth, when you're not using it, in order to prevent attackers from connecting to your device.

Fourth – Be careful what you post, and when. Wait to post pictures from trips and events so that the social media community is not notified that you are away from home on vacation or business, and your house is unoccupied.

And, lastly – Make sure to securely and regularly dispose of your sensitive personal information (tax returns, credit card statements, health information, etc.).

For pictures from the event, check out our Russell Capital Facebook page. 

*Information provided by the Department of Homeland Security. These tips are meant to help protect against cyber-attacks and are not a comprehensive or guaranteed deterrent. 

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