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Posted on: December 19, 2018

Cybercrime

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Please remember to be conscious of your use of the internet and time spent online. Don't ever say, "it won't happen to me," because we are all at risk and the stakes are high- from your personal and financial well-being.

By following the tips below and remaining vigilant, you will be doing your part to protect yourself and others.

Tip #1 - Avoid Phishing scams - beware of suspicious emails and phone calls

Phishing scams are a constant threat - using various social engineering ploys, cyber criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.

  • Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text, or through social networking sites - but most commonly by email.
  • Be suspicious of any email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information.
  • Make sure to hover over the sender’s name to confirm it is coming from a valid and trusted email account.
  • If you receive a suspicious email, please DO NOT click any links or open any attachments. 

Tip #2 - Practice good password management

We all have too many passwords to manage - and it's often easy to take short-cuts, like reusing the same password. Please avoid taking the easy route and protect yourself by following the below general password tips:

  • Use long passwords - 20 characters or more is recommended.
  • Use a strong mix of characters, and never use the same password for multiple sites.
  • Don't share your passwords and don't write them down (especially not on a post-it note attached to your monitor).
  • Update your passwords periodically, at least once every 6 months (90 days is recommended).

Tip #3 - Be careful what you click

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically, and often silently, compromise your computer. If attachments or links in email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don't click on it!

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