Stay Safe from Hackers! How to Protect Against Cyber Fraud

Every day hackers and tech thieves discover new ways to get your information, pretending to be someone you know or trying to get you to spill your secrets. Just yesterday, TD Ameritrade announced that someone was sending fake internet “phishing” emails that asked for personal information. Our partners at Fidelity saw cyber security as a rising threat as well, sharing a video last month on the topic and providing patrons with a takeaway for protecting personal data.

We at Coldstream also understand how important it is to keep yourself safe when tricks like these pop-up. That’s why we’ve created a list, with the help of our partners, to help prevent you from being a victim of internet phishing and cyber fraud.

  1. Manage your devices: install antivirus and antispyware programs; only access secure data from a secure location
  2. Protect all passwords: regularly reset your passwords, avoid storing passwords in email folders, never use your Social Security Number
  3. Surf the Web safely: do not connect to unsecured networks
  4. Protect information on social networks: limit the amount of personal information you post online, particularly births, birthdays, etc.
  5. Protect your email accounts: review unsolicited emails carefully; establish separate accounts for personal emails and financial transactions; beware urgent messages and generic greetings
  6. Safeguard your financial accounts: always review your credit card and financial statements, never send account information via any unsecured channel (email, chat, etc.)

For more information about cyber security, visit TD Ameritrade’s “How to spot phishing” or Fidelity Investments’ “Online Security at Fidelity”. And, as always, please feel free to reach out to our Client Service Team with any questions via