With the announcement that Equifax, one of the “big three” American credit bureaus, suffered a serious cyber-security breach recently, we want to ensure our clients that keeping your personal identifying information secure is a top priority for our firm. To better protect you and your accounts from cyber-security threats, we are continuously reviewing and updating our internal security procedures to ensure that we are following best practices recommended by the custodians, financial institutions, and industry experts we work with.
While we feel that we’re taking proper steps in our firm’s security measures, we’re encouraging our clients and their family members to also take steps to help protect their identity and reduce potential security risks. Here are some suggestions to help reduce the risk of cyber-security threats:
MANAGE YOUR DEVICES
- Install the most up-to-date antivirus and antispyware programs on all devices (PC’s, laptops, tablets, smartphones) and update these software programs as they become available. Set these programs to run regularly vs. running periodic scans to provide maximum protection.
- Access sensitive data only through a secure location or device; never access confidential personal or financial data via a public computer (such as in an airport, hotel, or library).
- If you have children, make sure you enable restrictions on your computer to prevent them from accessing certain types of websites, and monitor their activity. If possible you may want to set up a separate computer that they can use just for games or other online activity.