Amping up your cybersecurity can protect you from cybercriminals looking to gain access to your personal information and assets through software, hardware and electronic data. A breach in security can often occur when accessing routine websites. Here are some examples of common cyberattacks, along with tips on how you can protect yourself:
Social Media By viewing your Facebook or Instagram account, scammers can gather sensitive information like where you live, your age, your birth date, what you look like and where you work. As a precaution, limit the amount of information you make public and be careful about who you add as a friend. If you suspect a scammer is trying to befriend you, block them or report them.
Passwords Eight-character passwords are no longer enough! Get creative and make the longest password or phrase that is allowed and that you can remember. You can use a password generator to make complex and different passwords for each account. Avoid using "easy" passwords that include personal information like your birthday or bank PIN.
Software Updates and Anti-Virus Software Don't press "later" when you receive a message about updating software. Regularly updating your software on all devices increases security against cyberattacks. Web browsers, operating systems, gaming devices and applications should be updated frequently to keep them strong. Installing the latest anti-virus software from a trusted source can also increase protection.
Public Wi-Fi Although it may be tempting, don't use public Wi-Fi. If you must use an unsecured network, avoid online banking, shopping or anything that requires using your credit cards or passwords. Also, be sure to disable Bluetooth and auto Wi-Fi connect to ensure your phone doesn't sync up with untrustworthy channels.