Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The U.S. Federal Government is warning the public of the potential of cyber attacks due to current tensions in the world. Below are some steps you can take to increase your cybersecurity.

Steps you can take to increase your cybersecurity

  • Use secure passwords
    Create different passwords for all your accounts. When it comes to passwords, try to use one with at least 14 characters, the current industry standard. Use a combination of letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols. Consider passphrases in which you use the first letters of a memorable phrase to create a complex password that is difficult to guess. Regularly change your passwords/passphrases.
  • Vary your security questions
    Don't use the same security questions on multiple accounts. Select security questions for which the answers cannot be guessed or found by searching social media or the internet.
  • Use two-step verification to access online financial accounts
    To enhance the security of online accounts, whenever possible require a password and an extra security code to verify your identity when you sign in.
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails and telephone calls asking for personal information
    Never share personal information, such as your Social Security number, in response to an unsolicited email or telephone call.
  • Secure your mobile devices
    Apply software updates that patch known vulnerabilities as soon as they become available. Use security features built into your device, such as a passcode, and use programs that encrypt data and remotely eliminate contents if the device is lost or stolen.
  • Be careful with public Wi-Fi hotspots
    Public wireless hotspots are not secure, which means that it's easy for cyber thieves to see what you are doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging into sensitive accounts.
  • Know your apps before downloading
    Thoroughly review the details and specifications of an app before you download it. Review and understand the privacy policy of each mobile app. Be aware that the app may request access to your location and personal information.
  • Have some cash on hand
    Not just for cyber attacks but for other emergencies, it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand.

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