Learn how to prevent identity theft on Data Privacy Day
A whopping 9 out of 10 adults feel they have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies.* With tools at your fingertips allowing you to instantly share and receive online, your private information flows through the internet often without you giving it a second thought. Instead of sending you off with no electronics to rough it in the mountains just so you can protect your privacy, these stats should inspire you to expand your identity theft know-how and step up your privacy game.
I’d like to invite you to join UMB in participating in Data Privacy Day 2015. Be one of the 6 in 10 Americans who are ready to do more to protect their personal information online.* Here are a few ways you can reduce your digital footprint, protect your privacy and prevent identity theft:
- Think before you give out your Social Security number, first pet or mother’s maiden name. Does the business or website really need it? Could you use another piece of information?
- Know how to update your privacy settings. Use these simple instructions‡ on how to update privacy settings on Facebook, Pandora, email, internet browsers, mobile devices and more.
- Review your bank and credit card statements regularly for unauthorized transactions. Use custom mobile banking alerts to monitor your accounts.
- Check your credit reports. Every 12 months, you can get a free copy of your three reports at AnnualCreditReport.com‡.
- Share with care. Consider the future and not just the moment with anything you post or share online. Once the information is in cyberspace it could be seen, stolen and used.
Celebrated on January 28, Data Privacy Day is an international effort centered on bringing attention to the importance of privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Find out more about Data Privacy Day from the National Cyber Security Alliance‡.
When you click links marked with the “‡” symbol, you will leave UMB’s website and go to websites that are not controlled by or affiliated with UMB. We have provided these links for your convenience. However, we do not endorse or guarantee any products or services you may view on other sites. Other websites may not follow the same privacy policies and security procedures that UMB does, so please review their policies and procedures carefully.
Ms. Flores serves as senior vice president and Director of Corporate Information Security & Privacy, providing oversight of UMB’s information security and privacy programs. She joined UMB in 2010 and has 16 years of experience in information technology and information security. She attended Kansas State University with a focus on management information systems and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.