Cybersecurity Awareness

Staying safe when shopping online

September 6, 2019

How easy is it to shop online? (Rhetorical question there.) It’s so convenient to be able to order anything you like and have it delivered right to your door. Unfortunately, that also means there’s more risk. Scammers and criminals can try to steal your information and money while you shop online.

The good news is that there are some easy things you can do to protect yourself and safely shop online. Let’s take a quick look at some tips:

Never do your shopping on public Wi-Fi networks. Seriously. Public Wi-Fi can have weak (or no) security and sending sensitive information like...

Don’t pass on strong passwords

September 6, 2019

Passwords! What a headache, am I right? Sometimes it seems like that in order to be safe, your password must contain letters, numbers, punctuation, bird noises, and at least one Egyptian hieroglyph.

But the truth is that it’s easier to create a long, strong, safe password than most people think. Let’s take a quick look at a few tips for making a password that will keep your account safe.

Use a passphrase instead of a password. Passphrases, or sentences, will always be longer than a single word (which is good, because government advice now suggests that passwords be...

Don’t worry, be appy: A quick look at app safety

September 5, 2019

Apps are part of our lives now. Remember that slogan, “There’s an App for That”? Nowadays, it seems like there really is an app for everything — from games to shopping, fitness, beauty, hobbies and more. No wonder that almost 50% of all smartphone users download at least one new app a month.

Just like with any device or program, though, it’s important to choose and use your apps carefully. Some apps may be scams or contain viruses. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safer:

Look out for permissions. Any time you install an app, it’ll ask you to allow it permission to access...

None of their business! A look at privacy settings

September 5, 2019

Your privacy means a lot: not just to you, but to the people you care about. If your private accounts and information are breached, other people could be breached too. That’s why it’s important to maintain your privacy online by making good choices with your privacy settings.

There are several smart and simple things you can do to ensure that your privacy settings are as good as they can be. Keep your online friends lists and contacts lists restricted to people you know in real life — people you know really exist and aren’t going to try tricking you. Make sure that when you’re...

Think before you click: staying safe on social media

September 5, 2019

There are more than four billion people on the internet today, and many of them use social media to communicate. But while social media can be fun and a great way to chat with friends, it can be risky as well. When people share personal information about themselves, they may become targets for scammers and identity thieves.

However, you can take a few simple precautions to keep yourself and your friends and family safe on social media. Here’s how:

Always use the strongest privacy settings you can. Check the Settings section of your social media profile and make sure what you’re...

Beware of Tax Scams

February 8, 2016

As the year's tax deadline approaches, tax scams start ratcheting up, especially by phone. Some of the most common scams involve con-artists who pretend to be from the IRS and call victims telling them they have to pay right now, or else.

Don't believe it - the IRS has formal processes in place for people with tax issues and harassing calls like these are not how the IRS does business. The IRS will NEVER:

Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail Demand that you pay...