CYBER TIPS


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PUBLIC COMPUTERS AND WIFI

  • Public computers may contain malicious software that steals your credit card information when you place an order or use online banking login credentials.
  • Additionally, criminals can intercept traffic on public wireless networks to steal payment card numbers and other confidential information.
     

HTTP"S"

  • The "s" in "https" stands for "secure" and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted. Reconsider your purchase if you get to the checkout  cart page and do not see “https” in the address bar. In addition, look for the lock icon in the address bar.
     

EMAIL ATTACHMENTS

  • Be cautious of all emails you receive, even from seemingly legitimate senders, including your favorite retailers, financial institutions, friends, and family. Malicious actors often use advanced techniques to make emails appear to originate from senders you recognize.
  • If you receive an email from a retailer or financial institution asking you to click a link to “view a message on your account” or to access a great deal, never click on these links and instead go directly to the legitimate site.
  • In the case of an email from a friend, co-worker, or loved one containing an attachment or link, text or email the individual to their known address to confirm they sent you the email in question.
  • Pay close attention to misspellings in the subject, URLs, message text, or attachment titles.
     

PASSWORDS

Creating a strong password is one of the simplest and most important steps you can take in securing your devices, computers, and accounts.

  • Always use more than eight characters consisting of numbers, special characters, and both upper and lower case letters.
  • Use a unique password for every site or account. 
  • Do not reuse previous passwords. Change your passwords periodically. If you think your password has been compromised, change it immediately.