Cyper-criminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in an get you to click on a link or open an attachment Protect Yourself with these STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tips:
Cyber-criminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment. The emails they send can look just like it comes from a financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency or any other service or business.
Protect yourself with these stop. Think. connect tips:
1. When in doubt, throw it out:
Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cyber-criminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or, if appropriate, make as junk.
2. Think before you act:
Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true or asks for personal information.
3. Make your password a sentence:
A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, "I love country music"). On many sites, you can even use spaces!.
4. Unique account, unique password:
Having separate passwords for every account helps thwart cyber-criminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.
5. Lock down your login:
Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as bio-metrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your username and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it with these steps;
- Contact the company directly
- Contact the company using information provided on an account statement or back of a creditcard
- Search the company online - but not with the information provided in the email.
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