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Worried about your risk? You are not alone

Nearly three quarters of Americans have fallen victim to some type of cyber crime.1 In the past year, 4 in 10 people received a notice that their personal information had been compromised, had an account hacked and/or had a password stolen. Perhaps that’s why 8 in 10 people say they are worried about their online security.2

Fortunately, it can be easy to reduce your risk.

Passwords pose problems

Almost every login requires a password: bank accounts, shopping accounts, debit card PINs, smartphones, websites, email access, etc. Most people have more passwords than they can keep track of, so they tend to choose simple, easy-to-remember ones; however, this makes it easy for cyber thieves as well.

30 percent of adults have 10+ passwords to remember4

It doesn't take long for a hacker's computer to guess a password3

6 characters- lowercase: 10 minutes; +uppercase: 10 hours; +numbers, symbols:18 days. 9 characters - lowercase: 4 months; +uppercase:178 years; +numbers, symbols:44,530 years

Making your password easier for you could also make it easier for hackers

Hacker's thoughts about passwords
Hacker's thoughts about passwords

If you think you’ve been hacked, change your usernames and passwords for all sites and accounts you use, especially sites which may contain financial and personal data. Contact your financial institutions to look for fraudulent activity. Many companies, including Nationwide, can monitor and set up alerts for your account activity.

Protect your retirement account by creating your own online access first.

You might think that the best way to not get hacked would be to not create an online account in the first place. But hackers can be clever, especially if the payoff could be access to your money or personal information. Using information they can gather elsewhere, they attempt to create online accounts. Your best defense is to go on offense.

In just minutes, you will establish a User Profile that will help reinforce the virtual firewall we've built to keep hackers out. To strengthen safeguards around all of the online accounts you have, consider these tips.

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Create strong passwords

Be secure online

Be wary online

Shop carefully

Know whom to trust

Act fast if you’ve been hacked

How Nationwide defends your data

As cyber criminals become more sophisticated, so does our security strategy. We use a layered approach to our security processes and technology, which helps prevent fraud and protect our customers.

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Identity verification

Firewall and SSL

Internal and external monitoring

Trained associates

Two Tier 4 data centers