The tips provided below are helpful in reinforcing cybersecurity awareness and best practices.
Automate Software Updates:
Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
When in Doubt, Don't Respond:
Fraudulent texting, calling, and voicemails are designed to induce individuals to reveal personal information. Just like email, requests for personal information or for immediate action are almost always a scam.
Think Before You App:
Secure Your Devices:
Be sure to use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen.
Help Authorities Fight Cybercrime:
Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov
) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.
Safer for me, more secure for all:
What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work, and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
Keep Security Software Current:
Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
Back It Up:
Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Think Before You Act:
Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.
Stay current – Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online:
Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share information with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
Be aware of identity tracking:
Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are in range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use to protect your privacy and minimize exposure to vulnerabilities.
Remove unused apps:
It’s a good security practice to delete apps that are no longer useful or interesting to you. Remember to keep all apps on your mobile device up-to-date.
Keep your mobile phone and apps up to date:
Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your PC or laptop. Having the most up-to-date security software, web-browser, operating system, and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware, or other threats.
When in doubt, throw it out:
Links in emails, social media posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.