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Guard your mobile device

In order to prevent theft, unauthorized access and loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices—including any USB or external storage devices—unattended in a public place. While on travel, if you plan on leaving any devices in your hotel room, be sure those items are appropriately secured.

Urgent emails – think before you act

Ignore emails or communications that create a sense of urgency and require you to respond to a crisis, such as a problem with your bank account or taxes. Imposter scams happen when you receive an email or call seemingly from a government official, family member, or friend urgently requesting that you wire them money to […]

Read online privacy policies

Privacy policies are the Internet’s equivalents of fine print: They often contain many important details that nonetheless usually go unnoticed. Any time a company notifies you of an update to its policy, be sure to read it, since it might explain how your data is collected and shared with third parties. You can then adjust […]

Beware of “free” prizes; if you think an offer is too good to be true then it probably is

It’s a common scam technique by which a person is duped into revealing personal or confidential information that the scammer can use illicitly or fraudulently.

What is Malware?

Malware, short for “malicious software,” includes any software (such as a virus, Trojan, or spyware) that is installed on your computer or mobile device. The software is then used, usually covertly, to compromise the integrity of your device. Most commonly, malware is designed to give attackers access to your infected computer. That access may allow […]

Limit what you share on social media to protect your identity

Social networks are vast, eminently searchable data repositories. As such, it’s usually a bad idea to post any personally identifiable information on them because you don’t know who might see it. Don’t ever share your address, birthday or Social Security number in any online public forum, whether Twitter or a message board.