It has become far too common an occurrence to turn on the evening news and hear a story about another scam that’s made its way into our community. In addition, it’s common to learn some massive corporation has been hacked.
Technology has changed dramatically. Personal computing makes it easier to get more work done. The internet has put a wealth of knowledge at everyone’s fingertips. Thanks to smartphones and other mobile devices, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family. And because credit and debit cards have largely replaced cash and checks – not to mention the rise of mobile payment apps like Venmo and PayPal – we also have greater access to our money whenever and however we need it.
But these same advancements have also made it easier for hackers, scammers, and fraudsters to steal from people. When it comes to protecting ourselves from theft, we now worry less about a masked burglar stealing the family jewelry. Instead, the greater danger is that someone thousands of miles away will steal something even more important: Our very identity.
With a little proactivity, you can strengthen your financial defenses to the point that most criminals will see you as simply not worth the effort. That’s because, just as regular burglars prefer houses that are left unlocked, scammers and cybercriminals look for easy targets who’ve taken little-to-no steps to protect themselves.
To help you and your family become more financially cybersecure, I am sharing this eBook. Inside, you’ll find some simple steps you can take to protect your data, your money, and your identity. You’ll also learn a little more about how to recognize the different types of fraud, scams, and cybercrimes that investors need to look out for.