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Tips to Avoid a Cyberattack

As more aspects of daily life move online, your chances of a cyberattack increase. Criminals go where there's opportunity. But you're not defenseless. Follow these tips to help keep your information secure. 

Shopping Online

  • Never select "remember my password," and don't check the box to save your credit card information. 
  • Log out of sites before you leave them. Important: Closing a browser window is not the same as logging out. 
  • Look for "https://" in the web address. The "s" after http indicates that the site is secure.

Home Network/Wi-Fi

  • If your router and wireless network came with a default name and password, update them. 
  • If you have guests who use your Wi-Fi, for example, house sitters or visiting family, set up a separate guest Wi-Fi and password to help protect your devices from their online activities. 
  • Make sure your wireless router's encryption feature is turned on. This scrambles information you send to prevent others from accessing it.

Smart Devices

  • Install software updates for your operating systems and applications as soon as they are available to ensure you have the latest security patches. 
  • Lock your screen and choose a strong password that would be difficult for someone to guess. If available, use facial recognition software to unlock your device. 
  • Turn off location settings for your camera and photos. Thieves can track your movements by accessing this data.

Social Media 

  • Regularly review your settings and consider updating them so only people you know or approve can view your information. 
  • Limit what you share online. Keep your birth year, full name, address and vacation plans private. 
  • If you use instant messaging services, be careful about what you click on. Scammers can make harmful messages appear to come from a friend. Look for signs of fraud, like odd word choices, misspelled words, urgent requests or offers that seem too good to be true.

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