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Safeguarding Personal Data

Presented by OneAmerica


With identity theft and online security concerns on the rise, OneAmerica wants to provide tips to help you be a smarter consumer. Here are four basics areas where you can protect yourself.

1.  Be mindful of how you’re exposing your data online

Be careful what information you share on any online media forum. Consider changing any weak or old passwords on websites, especially for credit card companies, financial institutions or social media sites like Facebook. Best practices include creating a new email address that does not include your full name, and making sure you’re not using the same ID or password on important sites (banks) as other (social media and news) sites you may use. Be cautious of emails you do not recognize and avoid opening suspicious links and attachments or downloading files.

2.  Give your computer an annual checkup

Some routine best practices include making sure system and software updates are set to automatic, and removing any programs you don’t need or no longer use. You may want to consider installing encrypted password software to securely store your passwords at work and home. You will also want to avoid clicking on or installing “fake alert” security programs that pop up claiming that you need them.

3.  Make sure your smartphone is protected

When installing apps, make sure it’s from a reputable company and securely-tested site like the Apple Store or Google Play. Look at ratings and reviews from other users, and read the permissions you are giving an application before accepting and downloading it.


Best practices include giving your mobile device a strong password as well as an inactivity timeout feature. For added security, don’t connect to WiFi in open networks with no security. You should also be wary of text spam – don’t feel you need to reply to unknown contacts. Be cautious of returning phone calls from unknown numbers, especially if the caller does not leave a voicemail.

4.  Take other general security precautions

Consider doing your taxes as early as you can in tax season – tax fraud is easy to perform and hard to fix. Don’t give your personal information or Social Security Number to anyone unless you contacted them, and remove unnecessary credit cards and personal items from your purse or wallet. And if you have a smart TV, consider disabling the camera and microphone.


One day you will have the resources you need to be a smarter consumer. Make one day today! For additional personal finance resources, visit www.oneamerica.com/today.

Note: OneAmerica is the marketing name for the companies of OneAmerica. Products issued and underwritten by American United Life Insurance Company® (AUL), a OneAmerica company. Administrative and recordkeeping services provided by McCready and Keene, Inc. or OneAmerica Retirement Services LLC, companies of OneAmerica which are not broker/dealers or investment advisors. Provided content is for overview and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be relied upon as individualized tax, legal, fiduciary, or investment advice.