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Don’t make passwords easy to guess

Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Do not include personal information in your password such as your name or pets’ names. This information is often easy to find on social media, making it easier for cybercriminals to hack your accounts.

Be Sure to Secure your Wi-Fi network

Your home’s wireless router is the primary entrance for cybercriminals to access all of your connected devices. More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. Secure your Wi-Fi network and your digital devices by changing the factory-set default password and username.

Be wary of publicly accessible computers

Cybercriminals may have infected these computers with viruses or install malicious software One example is keylogger malware which, when installed, captures the keystrokes of the computer’s users and sending this information to criminals via email. Through this malware, criminals are able to receive users’ personal information, such as name, credit card numbers, birthdates, and passwords.

Types of Malware: What are Botnets?

Networks of computers infected by malware and controlled remotely by cybercriminals, usually for financial gain or to launch attacks on websites or networks. Many botnets are designed to harvest data, such as passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information.

Weird email – when in doubt, throw it out

Clicking on links in emails is often how cybercriminals get access to personal information. If an email looks weird, even if you know the person who sent it, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as “junk email.” You could try to contact the company directly (via phone) to be sure the email […]

Types of Malware: What’s a Worm?

A type of malware that replicates itself over and over within a computer. Most cybercrime starts with malware. Cybercriminals use it to access your computer or mobile device to steal your personal information like your Social Security number, passwords, credit card information, or bank account information, to commit fraud. Once cybercriminals have your personal information, […]