- 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!
Project Prosper’s Executive Director, Faye Steinhauser, was recognized on September 8th at TieCon, the annual conference of Tie Tampa, a worldwide organization supporting start-ups through networking and the raising of capital for new and experienced entrepreneurs. Faye was recognized as Social Entrepreneur of the Year and addressed attendees with comments about the need for our work,