Staggering, sobering, scary. Those are just a few of the words that come to mind when you think about credit card fraud. Think of this, 97 percent of all companies suffer a data breach, according to a story CBS News’ “60 minutes” aired on November 30, 2014. So what can a company do? Most companies are doing all that they can. Still, it takes an average of 229 days from the time of the breach before it is discovered, according to the “60 Minutes” story. When a breach happens, a company tries to detect the breach as soon as it can and stop the bleeding as quickly as possible.
How can your company be protected? It really comes down to the company’s customers. There are a lot of tips that can be used. Here are just a few:
- Keep information private and avoid sharing your information with other individuals.
- Continually monitor accounts, including credit card and account statements.
- Be skeptical. Question if things are what they seem. Hover over links to see where they lead. Verify email requests from companies.
- Create strong passwords that are hard for others to detect and decipher and use passwords to protect your devices. (More information here on making a strong password.)
- Ignore emails from senders you don’t know.