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October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
As more aspects of our lives move online, it’s more important than ever to protect your digital devices and online information from criminals and scammers. During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed each October, the FBI and its partner agencies encourage you to practice good cyber hygiene and to be aware of common online threats. And don’t forget: Report cyber compromises to your local FBI field office or IC3.gov.
Be Cyber Smart
See if you recognize these common Cyber Red Flags.
🚩 We need your help right now. Criminals will capitalize on current events. So be suspicious of social media posts or online solicitations from individuals claiming they were affected by a recent tragedy or disaster. Do not send payments to unknown individuals or entities without researching them to verify legitimacy.
🚩 I wonder what could this be? Do not open any email attachment or click a link unless you’re expecting the file, document, or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
🚩 This charging station is so convenient. Free charging stations in airports and shopping centers can infect your devices with malware and monitoring software. Find an outlet and use your own plug and charger instead.
Cyber Safety Tips
Internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions are becoming increasingly sophisticated and preventing them requires each user of a connected device to be aware and on guard.
Keep systems and software up to date and install a strong, reputable anti-virus program.
Be careful when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network and do not conduct any sensitive transactions, including purchases, when on a public network.
Create a strong and unique passphrase for each online account and change those passphrases regularly.
Set up multi-factor authentication on all accounts that allow it.
Examine the email address in all correspondence and scrutinize website URLs before responding to a message or visiting a site
Don’t click on anything in unsolicited emails or text messages.
Be cautious about the information you share in online profiles and social media accounts. Sharing things like pet names, schools, and family members can give scammers the hints they need to guess your passwords or the answers to your account security questions.
Don’t send payments to unknown people or organizations that are seeking monetary support and urge immediate action.
How to Report
Contact the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov.
Reach out to your local FBI field office.
Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
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