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How to Protect Your Money From Cyber Attacks

Breaches of JPMorgan Chase and Home Depot show you can’t let your guard down
How to Protect Your Money From Cyber Attacks
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Aviv Raff knows a thing or two about cybersecurity. He’s chief technology officer at Seculert, which specializes in helping companies detect and stop sophisticated cyber attacks. In the wake of recent megabreaches such as the one at JPMorgan Chase, where hackers compromised personal information of some 76 million households, or Home Depot, where the digital intruders got at about 56 million credit and debit card numbers, Raff says no one can afford to be complacent about digital safety. “Awareness is definitely rising, but there are people out there who still think it might not happen to them,” he says. “Everyone is at risk of being compromised.”

Raff says the best thing you can do to protect yourself is monitor your accounts closely. “I usually take time once a week or once every couple of weeks to go through the transactions just to make sure that I am familiar with them,” he says. He uses an app called BillGuard that collects all his account statements so he doesn’t have to log in to a lot of different sites to see them. BillGuard also alerts you when a store where you’ve shopped announces a data breach.