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Are you protecting your valuable digital information? Cybersecurity Awareness is critical in our digital age; we encourage everyone to be proactive and “cybersecurity aware”. Here a few things to consider every time you click, share, send or post.
• Never share personal information (login and passwords, Social Security numbers, payment card information, etc.) over email or social media.
• Don’t download attachments from unknown senders.
• Never use a default password.
• Create passwords that are at least 12 characters in length. Include letters, numbers, and symbols (*$%^~_+). This will help fend off brute-force attacks.
• If you have a biometric option (i.e. fingerprint or facial recognition), use it.
• Change your passwords at minimum every six months to a year.
• Add an authenticator for two-factor protection whenever possible.
• Always lock your mobile devices when unattended.
• Check app permissions frequently.
• Be cautious about network selection. Hackers set up free Wi-Fi networks that appear legitimate and associated with a known store or institution.
• Choose your hotspot over a free public Wi-Fi connection when possible.
• If you have a VPN, use it. If you don’t, then do not handle sensitive data over free public Wi-Fi.
• Only download applications from a trusted, authorized app store.
• Keep your security software, browser, and operating system updated.
• Do not use untrusted “play” apps and always shop safe online.