Stop Phishers from Catching You

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Stop Phishers from Catching You

March 20, 2019

Would you tell your credit card number to a stranger? Would you give thousands of dollars to a random person on the street? Those may seem like silly questions, but if you are not careful, that’s what you could do online and in your home.

It is always important to be aware of phishing attacks (where someone poses as a legitimate entity to gain access to your personal information). Thankfully, there are cybersecurity best practices that can help keep you from becoming a victim. We’ve compiled a list of some of these practices below:

  • If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of an email, phone call, or text, call the institution’s main phone number to confirm it actually came from them. Make sure you call the institution’s main number listed on their website or your account statement. Never use a phone number listed in the email.
  • Never use a link found in your email to login to financial accounts. Instead, bookmark the institution’s website in your browser and always start from that login page. This ensures that you are entering your credentials in the correct location.
  • Never provide your personal identifying information or passwords over unsecured email. Most institutions, including Strategic Wealth Partners, will never ask you to provide passwords or personal identifying information over email.
  • If you are not expecting an email requesting information; consider it suspicious. Never click on any links or attachments from suspicious emails.

Disclosure:

This article contains general information that is not suitable for everyone. The information contained herein should not be constructed as personalized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Reading or utilizing this information does not create an advisory relationship. An advisory relationship can be established only after the following two events have been completed (1) our thorough review with you of all the relevant facts pertaining to a potential engagement; and (2) the execution of a Client Advisory Agreement. There is no guarantee that the views and opinions expressed in this article will come to pass.  Investing in the stock market involves gains and losses and may not be suitable for all investors. Information presented herein is subject to change without notice and should not be considered as a solicitation to buy or sell any security.

Strategic Wealth Partners (‘SWP’) is an SEC registered investment advisor with its principal place of business in the State of Illinois. The brochure is limited to the dissemination of general information pertaining to its investment advisory services, views on the market, and investment philosophy. Any subsequent, direct communication by SWP with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where the prospective client resides. For information pertaining to the registration status of SWP, please contact SWP or refer to the Investment Advisor Public Disclosure website (www.adviserinfo.sec.gov).

For additional information about SWP, including fees and services, send for our disclosure brochure as set forth on Form ADV from SWP using the contact information herein. Please read the disclosure brochure carefully before you invest or send money (www.stratwealth.com/disclosure-statement).

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