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October 27, 2022

Secure your network and accounts.

While October is a month filled with colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkins, it is also known as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. As more of our time is spent online, it is important to arm ourselves against the scammers who hide in the shadows. Cyber criminals are busy trying to find any weaknesses to infiltrate your computer in hopes to obtain your personal and financial information. Taking steps to secure your network and your account is the best way to keep your sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands.

How do I protect my information?

  • Keep your operating systems updated on the latest systems upgrades and patches.
  • Protect your network by making sure your antivirus software is installed and activated.
  • Create and utilize strong passwords. The passwords should be a minimum of 12 characters consisting of numbers, upper and lower case letters, and symbols
  • Use multiple passwords. Never use the same password for every login.
  • Assume that public Wi-Fi is not secure. Don’t access personal or financial information while using public Wi-Fi.
  • Look for the “s” in https when accessing websites or filling out forms online. The “s” stands for secure.
  • Set up security questions and multi-factor authentication when offered. This adds extra layers of protection that criminals have a hard time overcoming.

What should I do if my computer or accounts are compromised?

  • Shut down your computer right away and unplug it.
  • Don’t access anything on the computer/device until it has been cleaned.
  • Have your computer/devices scanned for malware by a local professional.
  • Update all passwords that you can using a clean device.
  • If sensitive information is stored on the computer, notify the credit bureaus.
  • Notify your financial institution of the compromise.