Keeping your information safe and secure is a huge priority for us — and not just when it comes to your online banking. We know there are numerous ways cybercriminals target the unsuspecting (and even the uber-prepared, at times), whether it’s through social media, online shopping, public Wi-Fi, or other avenues.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of resources that can help you combat cybercriminal activity from different angles. Help protect you and yours with this guide on strengthening your cybersecurity.

Keep it secret, keep it safe.

You might feel vulnerable at the thought of someone stealing your identity to conduct fraud or other nefarious activities. But you can fight that feeling by staying educated on ways to prevent and detect identity theft. Both skills are essential to the safety of your identity.

Double-bolt your bank account.

We take great care to keep your finances secure within our systems. But you can take some steps from your end as well to batten down the hatches, so to speak, on all your accounts. For instance, you can take a hard look at your passwords to make sure they’re as uncrackable as possible.

Fill your shopping cart without worry.

Online shopping is a staple of most people’s lives — from holiday gifts to everyday essentials, people are flocking to online sources to make purchases. But that also means there’s a lot of private information being shared: home addresses, credit card numbers, bank account information, and more. Here are some ways to shop smartly.

Stranger danger

It seems like everyone and their mother is on social media these days, and online communication is practically as essential as oxygen, what with social media, email, and instant messaging systems (AIM, anyone?). But criminal activity has adapted to these methods of communication — seemingly innocuous questions can lead to serious security breaches. But there are always signs you can look for.

Stay safe beyond the home.

Just as you take steps to keep your home safe (from deadbolts to high-tech security systems), you should work to keep your information safe when you’re away from home, too. The last thing you want to worry about while traveling is your cyber safety. And these days, when you’re out and about, public Wi-Fi is an irresistible convenience — just make sure you’re taking steps to stay safe.

These tips are just some of the ways you can protect yourself against cybercriminals. Cyber safety is a never-ending fight, as technologies on both sides of the coin evolve to become smarter, faster, and harder to detect. But by playing an active role in your own safety, you can help combat cybercriminal activity and keep yourself and your data secure.

Learn more about how Ally keeps you secure.