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Despite warnings, each year hundreds of thousands of people lose money or personal information to goblins, zombies... and cyber thieves. They can be very convincing when they contact you, pretending to work for a company that you trust like your bank or doctor's office. Cyber thieves can also run ads to trick you into giving them a treat. Don't be fooled.
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we are sharing cyber-safe tips applicable to anyone. Be sure to follow Netsurion on social media and check back for a new tip. See you next week!
Here are some additional tips to help you spot a phone scam and what to do about it:
If you feel a ghost lurking on the other line, it is always best to hang up and call the person back via a trusted number. If the initial call was legit, they won’t mind you calling back to verify. To help combat the number of phony callers reaching out, add your phone number(s) to the National Do Not Call Registry with the FTC.
Don’t forget to check back next week for another tip.
With our world going digital, Smishers (SMS Phishers) are sending more phishing text messages than ever, tricking people into giving out personal information, gaining control of your smartphone, or accessing user names and passwords to accounts.
Why would a Smisher want access to your smartphone? Most people shop online, check their bank accounts, use home security apps, etc. on their smartphones. Your smartphone likely holds the keys to your kingdom. So how do you spot a Smisher before it’s too late? Here are some things to look out for.
Not only are text message scams annoying, but they are illegal. You can report text phishing attacks your local authorities and the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Check with your phone provider to see if you can block texts from the internet, the origin of most spammy messages. Make sure you are keeping your phone software up-to-date and protect your phone number.
It seems like phishing attackers are lurking around every corner. The emails they send may trick you into thinking they originated from a company, or even a friend that you know and trust. Phishers often tell a convincing story via email to get you to reveal personal information, usernames and passwords, or your bank account number. Whatever story they are telling, make sure you verify the sender before you reveal any information or click on links.
Here are some additional quick tips to protect yourself from phishing attacks:
The FTC encourages you to report phishing attacks at ftc.gov/complaint. Check back next week for our final cybersecurity tip and a Halloween TREAT!
Happy Halloween! Be sure to watch our final video this week through the end for a special little treat!
Social media is big part of our connected world. Even though you likely use social media to communicate and stay in touch with friends, remember, bad guys are also lurking on social media. Unlike your friends, the bad guys love when you overshare information that can help them steal your identity.
Here are some additional tips to stay safe on social media:
In a scary world, cybersecurity doesn’t have to be scary. Even though National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is coming to a close, it’s important that you keep all of these tips top-of-mind year-round to keep you and your family cyber safe.