Protect Yourself From Cyberattacks
The Colonial Pipeline and JBS Meat Packing Co. cyberattacks were a wakeup call for all of us. They impacted all of us and it came out of nowhere. You may be asking yourself, “if those corporations are not safe from hackers, how could I possibly be safe?” Well, you can take a couple of steps to make sure your information doesn’t get in the wrong hands.
1. Layer Your Protection
We all get into the habit of creating easy passwords with our names and birthdates because they’re easy to remember, but that’s our number one mistake! Come up with a strong P@$sw0Rd that incorporates letters, numbers, and symbols to make it harder to crack. If a website or app has multifactor authentication, use it! It seems like a lot of work, but would you rather go through multiple verification steps to make sure your information is safe, or would you rather a hacker steal all of your information?
2. Be Alert!
Check your accounts daily! Make sure all your money adds up and you don't see any weird or suspicious transactions.
3. Look out for Phishing Attempts*
Hackers will always try to mimic a company email in order to get you to click on links. This can be a small change like .com instead of .org at the end of an email. Before you click on any links check these items off first:
- Am I expecting this email? If so, did they mention any links I have to click?
- Do I know the person with this email?
- Read the email address carefully. Google the company and check the email address if you’re unsure.
- If you’re still unsure, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINKS!