WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FEND OFF HACKERS

Your personal information is very valuable. That’s why hackers try to steal it.  Here are some tips to help you keep your personal information from ending up in the hands of a hacker.

 

PROTECT YOUR PHONE

Let’s start with protecting the data on your phone. Set your phone to lock automatically and create a passcode to unlock it. Use at least a 6-digit passcode.

When you notice an update for your phone is available, run it immediatly. Those updates could include critical security patches.

Back up your phone regularly. That way, if you lose it, you’ll still have access to your personal information.

Use an app that will help you find your phone if you lose it – or if someone steals it. If it’s the latter, you can use the app to remotely lock your phone or erase the data on it

 

PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER

To protect your computer from threats like malware.  Use security software and update it regularly, or set it to update automatically.

 

CONNECT SAFELY

Know what makes a wireless network secure. Start with your own wireless network and router. Then find out how to use public Wi-Fi safely.

 

KEEP YOUR INFORMATION TO YOURSELF

Another way to protect your personal information is to recognize scammers and the attempts they make to steal it. Phishing attacks by email or text may try to trick you into giving up your passwords, account numbers, or other personal information. Callers might lie about your Social Security number being suspended and urge you to contact them.

 

OWN IT, SECURE IT, PROTECT IT.

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