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Security Tips

Tips to Help You Stay Safe Online

NEVER give out personal information to someone who calls you on the phone and asks you for it.

NEVER reply to an email with your personal information

The Federal Trade Commissions Consumer Protection Website is a great source of information to know what to lookout for. Visit FTC.gov

The government WILL NOT call / text / email you for money

If you get a call saying you owe the government money. and you’ll go to jail if you don’t pay up immediately, hang up the phone, don't respond to the email or text - it’s a scam. Remember - the government WILL NOT call / text / email you for money

Many people have reported calls, texts, and emails from bogus government officials. In 2020, people reported losing more than $174 million to government imposter scams, with a median loss of $1,250.

Here are a few ways to recognize a scammer in the act:

Sharing these tips might just help someone you care about sleep a little more soundly. And, of course, if you spot a scammer, talk about it, and then tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Each report helps protect your community.

Online Security - Secure Your Information

Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information - and your money. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have good reason.

Keep Your Software Updated

Your software, including your operating system, web browsers you use to connect to the Internet, and your apps – should be kept up-to-date to protect against the latest threats. Most software can update automatically, so make sure to set yours to do so.

Outdated software is easier for criminals to break into. If you think you have a virus or bad software on your computer, check out how to detect and get rid of malware.

Don't Share Your Personal Information.

Be very careful who you share your personal information with. Your Social Security number, credit card numbers, and bank and utility account numbers can be used to steal your money or open new accounts in your name. So every time you are asked for your personal information – whether in a web form, an email, a text, or a phone message – think about why someone needs it and whether you can really trust the request.

NEVER give out personal information to someone who calls you on the phone or emails you for it

scammers will do everything they can to appear trustworthy. Learn more about scammers who phish for your personal information.

Protect Your Passwords.

Here are a few ideas for creating strong passwords and keeping them safe:

Back Up Your Files.

No system is completely secure. Copy your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. If your computer is attacked by malware, you’ll still have access to your files.