When it comes to internet safety, your first line of defense is YOU. Without diligence and monitoring, fraudsters can get your personal or financial information on the internet.
Manage your passwords.
Remembering and changing multiple passwords regularly may seem like a hassle, but it is so important.
Some tips to help you keep your passwords protected:
- Create strong passwords that are different for each site
- Update your passwords regularly
- Do NOT share your passwords with anyone, including family, friends, and even your financial institution.
- Consider using a password management system.
Keep your devices secure and up to date with anti-virus software.
Anti-virus software can help you detect:
- Scam emails>
- Messages with con tricks that are too good to be true
- Fake websites mimicking real companies
- Attachments or links, especially from unknown senders or senders you haven’t met in person.
Stay safe on social media.
Social media is a great way to connect and communicate with people. But it's important to be cautious about what information you share online. Think about if you truly know the person you are in contact with. Fraudsters can be very convincing when telling you why they need your private passwords, pins, and other personal information. Protecting this information is the only way to stop their nefarious plans.