October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year’s theme being Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.  With so much of our lives online, it’s crucial to make internet safety a priority.

Cyber safety tips from the FBI include:

  • Keep software systems up to date and use a good anti-virus program.
  • Examine the email address and URLs in all correspondence. Scammers often mimic a legitimate site or email address by using a slight variation in spelling.
  • If an unsolicited text message, email or phone call asks you to update, check or verify your account information, do not follow the link provided in the message itself or call the phone numbers provided in the message. Go to the company’s website to log into your account or call the phone number listed on the official website to see if something does in fact need your attention.
  • Do not open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address.
  • Scrutinize all electronic requests for a payment or transfer of funds.
  • Be extra suspicious of any message that urges immediate action.
  • Confirm requests for wire transfers or payment in person or over the phone as part of a two-factor authentication process. Do not verify these requests using the phone number listed in the request for payment.

For more information on staying safe online, go to the National Cybersecurity Alliance website https://staysafeonline.org.

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