Cyber Tip of the Week

Tip #25: Be wary of anyone/company that needs to "confirm" personal information. Scammers will often know your name and provide additional "incorrect" information to get the correct information from you.

Tip #24: If you receive a call “from your bank” be sure to confirm who is calling before providing any information.

Tip #23: Help others stay up to date and aware of scams & phishing tactics. This could prevent hacks from spreading. 

Tip #22: It may surprise you to know that gaming websites are one of the most likely places to falll victim to cyber attacks. Be mindful when downloading games and software from the internet​

​Tip #21: If your bank account gets hacked be sure to contact your bank ASAP and have your account frozen to prevent any additional purchases from being made. ​

Tip #20: Check your bank account daily! Catching abnormal charges early can prevent major financial loss. $1-5 transactions are often the first sign of thieves testing your card before making larger purchases.​​

Tip #19: Be mindful even when on secure public networks - like at work or school - the sites you're accessing may not be as private as you think.

Tip #18: For extra security be sure to enable two-factor authentication on your bank accounts and other confidential logins.

Tip #17: Get into the habit of locking your devices when they're not in use. This includes your mobile devices and computers, even if you're only stepping away for a few minutes.

Tip #16: Make sure to say regularly up to date with what new cyber attacks are taking place and the tactics hackers are using.

Tip #15: Be mindful of every plug-in or add-on you install on your web browsers. Only install safe plug-ins that you need and make sure they are always up to date. Remove any bad or unnecessary plug-ins via your browser preferences.

Tip #14: Be sure to disable Bluetooth whenever you’re not actively using it to prevent unauthorized people from gaining access to your information and devices.

Tip #13: ​Be mindful of what you plug into your computer. You should never use a USB whose source you don't know, as it could have malware installed on it.

Tip #12: ​Be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it's unexpected or suspicious don't click it.  Check out this Phishing Quiz to see if you can spot the phony websites.​

Tip #11: ​​Use two step verification when possible.  Set it up to receive authentication codes via sms or on an authenticator app. 

Tip #10: Think before you app.  Review the privacy policy and understand what data the app can access on your device before you download. ​

Tip #9: Check if a website starts with https. ​ A website starting with https encrypts the data you put in the website and the data you get from it. If a website doesn’t start with https, don’t give them confidential info​rmation.

Tip #8: ​Be wary of Spam​ email.  ​Spam campaigns are still one of the main attack vectors that cyber criminals use.  ​Less Spam = Fewer Problems.

Tip #7: ​Back up your data up on a regular basis  and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.​

Tip #6: ​Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Tip #5: ​Think before you click – don’t open emails from strangers and don’t click on links for unfamiliar sites.

Tip #4: Oversharing and identity theft. Verify your privacy settings on mobile devices and social media. Make sure you’re not oversharing information with the world that could potentially be used against you.

​Tip #3: When shopping or banking online never do it from a device that doesn't belong to you or on a network that isn't yours.  Your data could be copied or stolen.

​​​Tip #2: ​​If you leave your computer, phone or tablet for any length of time lock it up so no one can use it while you're gone. ​​ 

Tip #1: Practice good password management. Passwords should be at least 8 chara​​​cters long and include numbers, capital letters and symbols. Don't share your password with others, leave your password in plain sight or use the same password for multiple websites. Click here​ for more information on choosing and protecting passwords.​​​​