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Cyber security is more important than ever as more and more personal information is available online.
Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access information or damage a computer or network system. Cyberattacks can lead to information leaks, money loss or theft of sensitive information. On a larger scale, it can affect organizations, communities and the nation.
Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks. Taking a few small steps can make your information more secure and can prevent loss of finances and valuable information.
Here are a list of steps to take to protect yourself and your information:
- Limit the amount of information you share online and change privacy settings to not use location services.
- Make sure to update software, applications, and operating systems up to date.
- Create strong passwords. Use Upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts.
- Use a password manager and two methods of verification whenever possible.
- When in doubt do NOT click on unknown links, especially if they ask for personal information. More than 90% of successful cyber attacks start with a phishing email.
- Protect your home or business by using a secure internet connection and Wi-Fi network.
- Change passwords frequently
- Don’t share PINs or passwords.
- Use devices with biometric scans when possible.
- Check your account summaries and credit reports regularly.
- If you do have to share personal or financial information online, make sure it is a secure site that begins with https://. Using a virtual private network (VPN) can also provide a secure connection.
- Use antivirus (ex: Norton), antimalware (ex: Malwarebytes), and firewalls to block threats.
- Back up your files regularly in encrypted files.
- The government will NOT call, text, or contact you via social media about owing money.
Keeping you informed and safe.
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