- Have a firewall and ransomware protection program on your devices, even if it is basic.
- Regularly back up your files in an offsite & offline location, such as a flash drive. This allows you to have access to your information in a way that cannot be affected by ransomware.
- Log out of personal accounts and don’t share private information on public networks, like the free internet offered at coffee shops, etc.
- Always think twice before giving out your information online. Most companies never call, email or text you to get your personal information. If you aren’t sure about a person who contacts you, don’t respond and call the bank or other organization they claim to be with.
- Don’t click on links in suspicious emails.
- Some signs of suspicious emails include one with an unfamiliar tone or greeting. For example, a family member sends a very formal request or a work colleague is too familiar
- The email might have grammar and spelling errors
- Look for strange email addresses, links, and domain names. For example, if someone is emailing you claiming to be from your bank but uses an email address ending in @gmail.com. You would expect the email to be related to the bank that is contacting you, not from Gmail.
- Requests that sound too urgent and require you to follow a link, download an attachment, or enter your personal information. You can place your mouse over links to see where you will go if you click. If it looks like a suspicious link (not matching the sender’s claimed information) don’t click!
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