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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE

Safeguard your digital profile against cybercrimes with these tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance (staysafeonline.org)

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  • Never click and tell. Limit the personal information you share on social media platforms, including the use of location services.
  • Keep tabs on your apps. Only download apps from trusted vendors and sources. Review app permissions to ensure default permissions are not set to run in the background.

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  • Shake up your password protocol. Avoid using standard passwords or phrases across multiple websites. Consider using a password manager to generate and store unique and complex logins for each of your accounts.
  • Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) when available.
  • Play hard to get with strangers. Do not respond to or click on the links or attachments of “phishy” emails.

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  • If you connect, you must protect. Maintain the most up-to-date security software, web browser, operating system, and antivirus software (if available) to protect your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network device.
  • Stay protected while connected. Refrain from conducting sensitive activities, such as banking, when connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

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