banks rants – your 2019 security resolution

We all have our personal resolutions each year. Whether it be about mental health, physical health, financials, time, all of it is to make us better citizens of the earth and our lives. We usually have these goals because we want to take back control of our own life and hoping, that as a result, we feel better about ourselves. But I was curious… do you have a security resolution? Do you have goals or steps in place to make sure YOU are doing what you need to do to take back the control?

I have mentioned it before and I won’t stop. Businesses are not concerned about you. They just want the data on you. Where you are going, what you are doing, who you are doing it with, what music you are listening to, what are your work and sleep hours, what keeps you ticking. There MAY be a couple of exceptions and a business here and there does care about you but they are few and far between.

The private and public sector are getting breached on a daily basis, and those are the organizations we know about, there are many more that don’t even tell us. We are almost numb to it at this point, something that we expect. If that is the case, how are you protecting yourself? Are you also making sure they are not attacking you directly? How you are taking back the control?

Each country is different and as you may or may not know, the European Union implemented GDPR and the goal was to give the control back to the citizens. A couple of states in the United States are making changes to their regulation as well. These are great and help people because online security is something that people don’t want to deal with… but you NEED to deal with it. There are a couple of easy things that you can do to help! For instance

  • don’t share so much personal information about yourself on the internet. People will use it against you
  • implement a personal VPN. They are inexpensive and very helpful especially if you use public wi-fi
  • subscribe to a credit monitoring service. Then you can know if people are using your personal information to open accounts

It does not take much to give yourself back a little bit of control when it comes to the internet. Put yourself first this year in health and wealth but don’t forget to do with security too.

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