The Plexus Way™: 6 Tips to Keep Your Online Plexus® Business Safe

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September 28, 2017

It’s sad but true.

There are people out there champing at the bit to steal personal information from you. Credit cards, banking information, social security numbers – you name it.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 143 million American consumers were impacted by the data breach last month at one of the three leading credit reporting agencies. [1]

As a Plexus® Ambassador, you probably use various online accounts such as Facebook, email, bank accounts and your Back Office to name a few. We’ve compiled a list of six tips that you can use to help keep all of your online accounts and Plexus business safe.

1) Use a strong password

If you are using “password” as your password, you may want to consider changing your password right now. According to one source, the word “password” was the eight’s most common password. “123456” was the most common. A potential hacker may try to “guess” a password, and if you’re using a common password like these, you are putting yourself at risk for a potential breach.

The strongest passwords typically involve a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers. Using a longer password is also more secure than using a shorter one.[2]

2) Don’t write down your password

We get it. Sometimes it’s hard remembering all those passwords, and you decide the easiest solution is to write them down on a sticky note or in your planner. Seems harmless, right?

Writing down your password isn’t secure. If someone were to walk by your workspace or get ahold of your computer, they would have easy access to your passwords. And, if you use the same password for multiple accounts, it could mean bigger trouble.

If you have a hard time remembering passwords, consider using a password manager. Password managers are secure programs that manage all your passwords using bank-level security features.

Here is an article with the best password managers of 2017.

3) Never share personal information over Facebook Messenger, text or email

If you’re like most Ambassadors, you probably use Facebook Messenger, email or text message as your primary mode of communication. Personal information such as credit cards and social security numbers should not be sent using these platforms. If one of these accounts were compromised, a potential hacker would have access to this data.

4) Avoid ‘phishing’ scams

The term phishing is used to describe an attempt, usually by email, to steal personal information from unsuspecting consumers. Often times, a phishing email may look legitimate through social engineering, but in reality, they’re trying to steal your information.

You can read more here to learn how more about phishing emails and how to avoid them.

5) Protect your cell phone

Do you know where your cell phone is right now? Most of us would agree that losing their cell phone would be devastating. Years of contacts, pictures and personal information – all gone.

Always remember to lock your cell phone when it’s not in use, and avoid walking away from your cell phone when you’re in public.

6) Be smart

You probably feel comfortable online, and may never think about having your personal information compromised because it’s never happened to you. When navigating online, the most important thing to remember is to be smart. Unfortunately, there are people out there who want to steal personal information, and your best line of defense is protecting yourself.

[1] https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

[2] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/16/worlds-common-passwords-revealed-using/

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