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7 Cybersecurity Awareness Tips for You and Your Business

Written by Dawn Wilcox, Director of IT Security & Compliance

wilcoxWe always like to kick off October with a nod to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Here are seven tips and articles that offer small, but important, steps you can take every day to help protect yourself and your business from financial online theft.

Tip #1 – It’s All About Trust

We often take for granted that everything will work online the way it should — our information will go to the right people through secure channels. Sadly, that’s not always the case, but there are a few things to look for before you put in your account info or credit card numbers to help prevent theft.

Tip #2 – It’s Worth a Second Look

The differences between a legitimate email and a phishing attempt are sometimes so subtle that they even slip by experts. Here are some common, slight changes that alert you an email isn’t trustworthy.

Tip #3 – How to ID an Email HoaxCybersecurity Awareness Tips for You and Your Business

Email hoaxes evolve every day, but you can recognize a few similar, key elements they often exhibit. Read more about email hoaxes so you don’t fall for them.

Tip #4 – Password Managers

The world we live in is run with passwords. If they fall into the wrong hands, the result can be disastrous. Learn more about best practices for password security.

Tip #5 – See Something, Say Something

If something seems weird about an email or a person seems out of place, say something. Pay attention to your gut intuition — read more about when and why you should say something if you see something.

Tip #6 – WiFi & Bluetooth on Mobile Devices

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies are very useful — they often connect seamlessly as you move from home to a coffee shop. However, these radio protocols constantly announce your presence, capturing information about other wireless protocols around you. Learn more about why you might want to disable them.

Tip #7 – Stay Alert for Vishing Attacks

Phones are an increasingly popular way fraudsters try to steal your financial information. Through “vishing,” fraudsters try to trick you into providing your Social Security Number or account numbers to gain access to your private and personal financial information.

The Department of Homeland Security promotes a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. The campaign’s main objective is to help you become more aware of growing cyber threats and arm you with the tools to protect yourself, your business, your family, and your community. For more information visit dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

New this year, the American Bankers Association launched its “Banks Never Ask That” campaign to educate consumers and businesses about phishing campaigns and other fraud. Please visit banksneveraskthat.com/ to test your skills and learn more about fraud attempts.

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