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7 Things to Avoid Getting Scammed Online

Maintaining cybersecurity is extremely important and is not something that just concerns businesses or large corporations. It affects everyday consumers, like you. Keep these tips in mind to protect yourself and your security:

  1. Do not open an email from an email address you don’t know.

Emails from an unknown address could have phishing attempts or malware. Always verify the sender’s email address before opening any attachments or clicking on links.

  1. Be careful with links.Do not open an email from an address you do not know; be careful with link; stay up to date with the latest cyber threats

Hover your mouse over links to see the actual URL. Avoid clicking suspicious links, especially those sent via email, text, or social media.

  1. Stay up to date with the latest cyber threats.

Keep yourself informed about common scams and cyber threats. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a great resource to stay up to date on current threats. You can also report fraud at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/.

  1. Use strong passwords.

Create unique, complex passwords for each of your online accounts and avoid using easily guessable information like your name, birthdate, or common words. Consider using a password manager to generate and store strong passwords easily.

  1. Keep your software up to date.

Regularly update your operating system, web browser, antivirus software, and other applications to patch security vulnerabilities and protect against unknown uses.

  1. Resist pressure to act immediately.

Scammers often use urgency or fear tactics to pressure victims into making quick decisions. Demanding urgent action should put you on alert.

  1. Be cautious about what you share on social media.

Avoid sharing sensitive, personal information on social media. This includes your full birth date, address, or vacation plans. This information can easily be used by scammers. Be mindful of who can see your posts and adjust your privacy settings accordingly.