Cybersecurity for Investment Accounts – How to protect your online banking accounts

The FBI estimates that more than $10 billion dollars were lost in 2022 due to cyber related crimes.

It has never been more important to keep yourself safe online, but it is becoming harder and harder to prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Here’s 3 tips to help keep your online investment and banking accounts secure:

Cybersecurity for Investment Accounts - How to protect your online banking accounts

Use a Password Manager

These tools help you generate secure, complex passwords, and help make it easy for you to remember them.

Popular examples are LastPass, Dashlane, 1Password, Keeper, and there are many more. These have the same general function in creating secure passwords for you, and then automatically filling in the login information for you.


This makes sure you are using secure passwords, but makes it much easier for you to log into accounts without having to remember complex passwords.


Use Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

This adds an additional layer of security to your accounts, and is critical to have on your more sensitive accounts such as bank accounts, and investment accounts. With MFA set up, even if someone has your password, they won’t be able to get into your account.

MFAs work by requiring you to enter a code that is texted to your phone when you try and log in. For example, with MFA set up on your Charles Schwab investment account, you will receive a text message like this when you log in.

You will be prompted to enter that code on your computer.


Beware of email phishing

Make sure you know who is sending the email before you click any links. It is very easy to disguise an email to appear to be from a large company. Most common are messages pretending to be from a bank, Amazon, Apple, or Norton Security. Never click links in emails that are suspicious and never call the number listed in the email. Always use an independent source to verify the phone number.

Always call to verify the email is real if you are in doubt.


Learn More

We have previously done a longer webinar on cybersecurity and feature specific examples of some of the most common scams, here:

Examples of Today's Top Online Scams - Protect yourself from financial fraud targeting retirees

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