With a new year comes new possibilities, new hope, and new criminals looking for ways to steal your information from you. Gear up for the new year with a digital safety plan that’s both savvy and achievable.
Here are some easy, effective ways to keep your online world safe and sound.
- Changing your passwords often: Making a password longer — 12 characters or more — is one of the easiest ways to increase its strength. Include some numbers and symbols too.
- Keep an eye on your credit score: Knowledge is key! Regularly checking your credit score helps you spot any unusual activity that might hint at identity theft.
- Protect your home network: Your router’s the gatekeeper! Beef up its security to safeguard all your devices and keep unwelcome guests out.
- Use multi-factor authentication: Multi-factor authentication makes it harder for scammers to log in to your accounts even if they manage to steal your username and password.
- Keep software updated: Stay ahead of the game! Regular updates to your security software, browsers, and operating systems keep your digital armor intact against potential threats.
- Say no to phishing: Fraudsters and scammers are creative. They piggyback on recent crises to lure you into clicking malicious links or giving away your personal information.
- Be mindful on social media: Avoid oversharing personal details on social platforms. Keep potential password hints away from scammer’s eyes.
Let’s kick off the new year with a strong digital defense while staying cool, calm, and collected online. If you do find yourself in trouble with a cybercriminal or think your personal information has been compromised, remember to call us at 800 660-3258. Report suspicious online activity at IdentityTheft.gov