OnPoint Community Credit Union released the below guidance for protecting personal data as part of national cybersecurity awareness month. We are providing it here to help safeguard you and your staff from the rising threat that online crime poses to small businesses.
As people rely on technology more heavily than ever to remain connected to coworkers, friends and loved ones, OnPoint Community Credit Union is helping consumers protect themselves from identity theft and online fraud. To mark National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, OnPoint has released an updated edition of “The OnPoint Guide to Personal Cybersecurity,” a free online eBook to assist consumers and businesses in preventing and recovering from fraud.
“Identity fraud and cyber scams can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and financial well-being,” said Rob Stuart, CEO and President, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Data security is essential to financial security and as threats continue to rise, we urge consumers and businesses to become familiar with emerging trends in cyberattacks so they can take action to protect themselves.”
Last year alone, more than 155.8 million individuals were victims of data breaches. This year, in a high-profile cyber attack, more than 93% of LinkedIn’s user base was compromised when the personal information of 700 million users’ was stolen and put up for sale on the dark web.
Adults are not the only group at risk. One in four children fall victim to identity fraud or theft before their 18th birthday. Many children now have smartphones, tablets, or laptops and are frequently connected to the internet. Each time they download an app, create a new social media or online gaming account, the risk of exposure increases.