A while back, I was asked to speak at my mom’s AARP group meeting about privacy and phishing expeditions.
This was a lot of fun for me because:
1) I’m always down to talk data. #datanerd
2) I was thrilled to see this group of seniors getting serious about #cybersecurity.
One of the most powerful moments of the day came when I asked for a show of hands on who’d received an email, text, or call from their bank asking for their personal information.
Nearly every room in the hand went up.
The biggest lesson I impressed upon them — and I’ll impress on you now — is this:
Your bank will not contact you that way.
Your bank will not contact you asking you to confirm your Social Security number or any other sensitive data. Period, end of story.
So if you receive a call, text, or email from your bank like that — keep your #cyberspideysense up.
And if you’re concerned that there really IS a problem with your account, call them directly to find out.