1. You Are A Target.
Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me.”
2. Good Password Practice.
Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters (numbers, letters, special characters) , and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. There are many apps available to help you store and manage your passwords, we suggest Keeper.
3. Lock It Up.
Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time—no
matter how short—lock it up so no one can use it while you’re gone. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or
external hard drive, make sure to lock it up as well.
4. Practice Safe Clicking.
Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to a harmful domain.
5. Beware Of Browsing.
Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi—your data could be copied or stolen.
When you have no other choice, make sure to use google chrome’s incognito mode, this mode does not save any
sensitive data on the device.
6. Back It Up.
Back up your data regularly, and make sure your antivirus software is always up to date.
7. Physical Cyber Safety.
Be conscientious of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external
hard drives, and even smartphones. Where possible, scan devices before accessing files.
8. Share Less Sensitive Information.
Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation—that could help them gain access to more valuable data. Data on the internet can never truly be deleted, always think twice before posting.
9. Email Fraud.
Be careful about what information you share via emails. Before sharing sensitive information, always verify the validity of the claims with the company directly. Competition scams are often used to trick people out of their hard earned money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
10. Stay On Top Of Your Accounts.
Monitor your online accounts for any suspicious activity. We all need to play our part to keep each other safe.
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