Smart ways to avoid cybercrime

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Cybercrime is a growing problem as we rely on computers and the Internet more than ever before. Many people regularly shop online, send personal information, and even control appliances or household security over the Internet.


Though this offers convenience, it’s important to take steps to keep your information and your family safe from cybercrime. Cybercrime happens every day with hackers stealing bank information, using computers to attack others, or erasing important online information.


The U.S Department of Homeland Security recommends:

•  Only use the Internet on a network that is password protected. Free or open networks may leave you vulnerable.

•  Do not send personal information, such as your social security number or bank information, over the Internet. Companies will not ask you to send information this way.

•  Do not open or respond to emails from people you don’t recognize and never click on the links inside the email.

•  Use long, hard-to-guess passwords for all your devices and email accounts. Change your passwords regularly.

•  Consider scaling back your social media sharing. Tighten privacy settings so only people you know well can see your activity.

•  If you see an email or online offer that seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

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