Whether you operate a Fortune 500 company or a small organization, if you do business online, you are at risk of having your systems targeted by hackers. It is not uncommon to hear about hackers stealing username and password combinations or hacking the proprietary systems of well-known companies. These companies often invest large amounts of money in their security systems each year. Despite their best efforts, hackers are often one step ahead of companies you trust your personal information with (Amadou, 2014). This does not mean that you must abandon all online activities. Taking a proactive approach to your online security can reduce your risk of data theft. The precautions listed in this report are important for all internet users, not just BX Protocol™ members and affiliates.
Precautions you can take include to reduce your risk of data theft include:
- Protect your network! Turn on the encryption in your wireless router. Encryption scrambles the data being transmitted so only the intended user can read it. Change the network default name and password. The longer the password with a variety of characters and numbers, the better. Turn off your wireless router when it will not be in use for an extended period of time.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software on your computer. Anti-spyware programs often include anti-keylogging, keystroke encryption, webcam, and sound protection, and much more. Anti-virus programs are often not enough to secure your system.
- Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks unless you use a virtual private network (VPN). While our website is encrypted, hackers can easily access your connection in a matter of seconds when connected to an unprotected, public network. VPN’s will encrypt all transmissions between your device and the internet.
- Turn Bluetooth off when not in use. Hackers can discover other devices you regularly connect to. They can easily spoof the device to gain access. It is also recommended you use Bluetooth in “hidden” mode instead of “discoverable” mode to make it more difficult for hackers to find your Bluetooth connection.
- Protect your password. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts. Avoid having your browser save passwords for you, and don’t use passwords that can easily be guessed.
- Do not download unknown applications or click on links from individuals you do not know.
- If you become a member, follow the security recommendations given to you to protect your Back Office account (activate 2-step verification, utilize security keys, use encrypted keyboards, etc.).
- Do not give out your password to the Back Office. If you receive a call from someone stating they are a Delta Institute representative, please be aware that we will NEVER ask you for your password. Notify us immediately if you are asked for this information.
Trust your instincts. If something feels off, ask for clarification. Keep in mind, we are constantly making improvements to our system. We are monitoring Back Office activity to prevent future security breaches. We have seen much of these activities reduced or stopped entirely in recent months since security has been increased. While we do not anticipate you will experience these issues, we want you to stay