Myth Buster: 6 Cybersecurity Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Even with the rise of cybersecurity awareness, there are several misconceptions that can prevent you from truly achieving effective security. That’s why we’re busting some common cybersecurity myths and providing you with solutions on how to overcome them.

    1. Myth: My password is strong because it includes a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

        • Bust: A strong password is only the start.
        • Tip: Change your passwords regularly. Using a password manager like Keeper or NordPass can help keep your passwords safe. Using multi-factor authentication when you can is highly encouraged for an extra layer of security.
    1. Myth: Password protected Wi-Fi networks are secure.

        • Bust: Public Wi-Fi networks can be compromised, even with a password.
        • Tip: Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi when you can. If you need to connect, use a personal VPN like Private Internet Access or NordVPN. Otherwise, make sure to not type any personal information out while you are using a public network.
    1. Myth: Emails are legit if they look like they’re coming from a brand or someone you know and trust.

        • Bust: Fraudsters can easily craft fake emails that look genuine.
        • Tip: Look for subtle spelling and grammatical errors throughout the email and in the email address. Also, pay attention to links that could be suspicious. Hover your mouse over the link, without clicking it, to see the entire URL.
    1. Myth: Only untrusted websites have malware.

        • Bust: Trusted sites can have malvertising, otherwise known as online advertisements embedded with malicious code.
        • Tip: Implement ad blockers and antivirus software to help protect against malvertising.
    1. Myth: It doesn’t matter what I post on social media because only my friends can see it.

        • Bust: Chances are your “friends” on social media don’t all have the best cybersecurity, making them vulnerable to hackers who will then be able to see all of your posts as well.
        • Tip: Refrain from sharing your nickname, pet’s name, address and other personal information on social media that can help fraudsters guess your passwords and security question answers. Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
    1. Myth: My personal information cannot be on the dark web because I have never visited the dark web.

        • Bust: Personal information can be leaked on the dark web by cybercriminals who have obtained sensitive data through data breaches, public Wi-Fi and other cyberattacks.
        • Tip: Constantly monitor your personal information for signs of fraud. Consider running a dark web scan and signing up for a dark web monitoring service.

Who you gonna call?

If you’re a Needham Bank customer and you suspect there’s been fraudulent activity with one of your accounts, call 1-781-444-2100 or your local branch as soon as possible. If your card is lost or stolen, or you suspect unauthorized use, contact Needham Bank immediately at 1-833-337-6075. For international calls, please call 1-614-564-5105.