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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Protect Your Identity

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Many websites ask for your personal information and collect tracking details as you move from page to page. This information is used to personalize content, emails, advertising, and more. To help minimize the misuse of your personal information and lessen the risk of compromise, use the following tips. Tips to Minimize the Misuse of Personal Information and Lessen the Risk of Compromise Read a website’s privacy statement to learn what personally identifiable information the site collects about its visitors, how the information is used, with whom the information is shared, and how users can control the information that is gathered. Before submitting your purchase information, look for the “lock” icon…

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Secure Your Wi-Fi Router

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Wireless Networks Are Vulnerable When Not Properly Secured. Require a Password and Encrypt Your Connection to Remain Safe. Intruders who break into your wireless network could potentially gain access to your personal and confidential documents. To reduce the possibility of risk, you should require a login and password to connect to your network and you should ensure that it is encrypted. Use WPA2 rather than WEP; WEP is an old type of security that is not very effective. If your wireless router only offers WEP security, it may be time to upgrade. The most effective steps you can take to secure your wireless network are to change the default admin…

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Don’t Fall for Ransomware

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Scammers keep developing new tricks to try to snag money from users, and the newer types of tricks involve the use of ransomware. The scammers infect vulnerable machines through the use of a computer virus, which locks the computer (and files) and demands a payment for its release. These forms of viruses also try to coerce the user into paying a false fine by mimicking local police or security services. Tips to Help Stop Ransomware Scammers Identify the Scam No legitimate law enforcement agency will inform users of illicit activities through a pop-up window and demand a payment over the Internet. Regularly Back Up Your Computer This will give you…

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Don’t Automatically Trust Emails

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Emails May Not Be From Who They Seem To Be. Don’t Automatically Trust Emails From Friends and Colleagues. Malicious users can send emails that appear to have come from anyone. An email from a friend or colleague may have come from a hacked account. Contact your friend or colleague directly if you have concerns about an email they have sent to you and do not transmit personal or sensitive information through email. Do not respond directly to the email before you are certain that it came from a valid source. For More Information, please visit: Sophos: Think Before You Click SANS OUCH! Newsletter on “Email Phishing Attacks” Click here for…

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Security Awareness Tip of The Day: Be Wary of Unsolicited Credit Offers

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Identity Thieves May Use Unsolicited Credit Offers to Gather Information. Consider Opting Out. Everyone gets unsolicited credit offers in the mail, but not all of these credit offers are legitimate. Identity thieves may send out these offers in an attempt to gather personal information from you. Consider opting out of all unsolicited credit card offers. If you are interested in a credit card, apply directly with the credit card service rather than responding back to unsolicited mail and only work with reputable credit card companies. For more information: Florida Division of Consumer Services: Frauds & Scams Prescreened Credit and Insurance Offers Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email Click here…

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