I am yet to meet a person who has not been enthralled by the digital age and the breathtaking ability of our hand held devices to access and manage information at anytime and from anywhere in the world.
We can organise our work and social life, transfer funds into an account seconds from the checkout, buy and send anything from and to anywhere. We can stream video from a phone or satisfy our curiosity about anything on a whim. These technically enabled opportunities have no ending.
However, this astonishing capability comes with its own peccadilloes. The fact is that the exponential advances in digital technology can surpass our personal discipline to manage them. Every day there are new stories about loss of privacy, theft and fraud. Cyber security is the new buzzword. Any device that is connected to the internet can be illegally accessed. There are bumper stickers that say “My other computer is your computer”.
Indeed, the evolving inventiveness of criminals compels us to understand digital security and reduce the large percentage of security compromises which are facilitated by human error.
It is timely to remember that to help protect our freedom to enjoy the wondrous and vibrant benefits of the internet, we are all accountable for our own digital security. Your internet connection should have strong password protection, as should your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Passwords should be unique and not something that can be discovered from your licence, wallet or social media and networking apps. Furthermore, passwords should be regularly updated.
Never share your passwords or personal identification information. You should know that the Mutual Bank will never ask you for your password. The Mutual Bank’s cyber security practices and controls to protect our data are robust and are regularly tested and audited by independent external specialists.
So be aware and keep your personal details secure by ensuring you have strong password protection on all your digital devices.