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What can you accomplish in 6 seconds? Plenty. In 6 seconds, you can ask yourself some key questions that can help protect your personal information, your business and your identity. See how the “6 second rule" can help create a secure workplace and contribute to a lifetime of cyber safety.

Your inner voice is powerful. It reflects your instincts, can raise alarms and help guide the decisions you make. It’s worth listening to – even for 6 seconds.

The RBC 6 second rule involves pausing for 6 seconds and listening to your inner voice when something looks or feels off. Whether you own a business or work at one, using the 6 second rule can help protect you in the digital world and keep hackers out of your workplace.

Watch these brief videos that show you the impact of using the 6 second rule to ask yourself a simple question before acting.

Take 6 seconds and ask yourself…

1. Have I backed up my files lately?

Asking yourself this question can help protect you from ransomware attacks, which demand payment from you to unlock your files. By keeping a backup, hackers can’t use your files as leverage against you.

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2. Could there be something confidential in this picture?

Before you share images of a work computer, take 6 seconds to think about whether there could be private info in the image.

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3. Am I sending to the right person?

When sending emails, double check where it’s going to keep your info out of the wrong hands.

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4. Is this the kind of thing they usually post about?

When someone you follow shares an urgent investment opportunity, ask yourself if this is a typical post from them. If it’s not, their account might be compromised.

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Taking 6 seconds to ask yourself any of the questions above can help protect yourself, your colleagues and your workplace.