Holiday Online Safety Tips from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Here are four tips to keep you and your information safe while enjoying the convenience of shopping online.

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Software Tip Sheet

Update Software Promptly for safety. When we see an update alert, many of us tend to hit “Remind me later.” Think twice before delaying a software update! Keeping software up to date is an easy way to stay safer online.

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Multifactor Authentication Tip Sheet

MFA provides extra security for our online accounts and apps. This security could be a code sent via text or email or generated by an app, or biometrics like fingerprints and facial recognition. Using MFA confirms our identities when logging into our accounts.

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Phishing Tip Sheet

Avoid Phishing Scams with Three Simple Tips:
Phishing scams are online messages designed to look like they’re from a trusted source. We may open what we thought was a safe email, attachment or image only to find ourselves exposed to malware or a scammer looking for our personal data. The good news is we can take precautions to protect our important data. Learn to
recognize the signs and report phishing to protect devices and data.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

This is the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it has grown into a collaborative effort between government and industry to enhance cybersecurity awareness, encourage actions by the public to reduce online risk and generated discussion on cyber threats on a national and global scale.

We will be posting articles each week in our NEWS section, with a link to an article pertaining to different cybersecurity safety topics.

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Cybersecurity for Small Businesses

PHYSICAL SECURITY: Cybersecurity begins with strong physical security. Lapses in physical security can expose sensitive company data to identity theft, with potentially serious consequences. Here are some examples: An employee leaves a flash drive on a table unattended-papers are thrown away in the trash that should be shredded-a window or door is left unlocked...

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The Rise of Digital Payments

The use of digital payments has significantly grown over the past ten years, especially post-2020. Its inception is often paired with online retailers and resell stores, like eBay, bringing the application PayPal into the scene. Nowadays, consumers use digital payments, from online bill pay to splitting dinner with their friends. With the rise of new products like Zelle ®, Venmo, Cash App, Google Pay, and Apple Pay, one thing is clear; peer-to-peer digital transactions are here to stay. Just as new technology grows, so does its counterpart – scams. Scammers are utilizing the urgency and convenience of digital payments to scam consumers. What does this mean for you?

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*IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT*

When dining out or visiting other public establishments, keep purses, backpacks, bags, etc. within your sight at all times, rather than hanging on the back of your chair or under a table! Thieves sitting at adjacent tables are clandestinely removing wallets, credit/debit cards, etc. from the bag as it hangs on a chair, unbeknownst to the victim, then leaving and quickly making large purchases at local stores using the stolen credit and/or debit cards.

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The Rise of Robotexts

When it comes to texting scams, the key is knowing how to respond - and when not too. Scammers are always trying to find a way into your life. Just when anti-spam technology started to limit the number of robocalls we get, fraudsters started sneaking into our phones through another window...our text messages.

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Thinking Outside the Box

As shippers forecast another record year of holiday deliveries, scammers are ramping up their efforts to take advantage. Here is some advice on making sure those deliveries really are yours.

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