It’s easy to become complacent about your online security.
After all, a lot of time may have gone by without any apparent hacking of your accounts. You can remember most of your passwords by now and changing them would be such a hassle.
You suspect the security program you put on your computer a year or two ago is still working. Maybe you’ll consider tightening your security in a week or two. Ho hum.
Those attitudes can play right into the hands of scammers. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to tune up your awareness regarding the threats that are out there.
Anyone who has gone through the nightmare of having their online security compromised by identity theft or otherwise hacked accounts will tell you that preventive action is vastly simpler than after-the-fact hassles.
Thieves who are out to steal your identity can still do it the old-fashioned way: by going through your trash.
Documents, printed emails and even discarded junk mail can be a treasure trove to those looking for ways to steal
your identity. If you don’t have a shredder, buy one. A good basic rule is to shred everything that is thrown away.
Here’s a quick checklist of items you may want to shred:
The act of stealing your personal information, your identity and sending malicious viruses via emails to you is called “phishing.”
Cybercrooks are sophisticated at this scam. They create fake websites that look almost identical to the real thing. They send you emails with alarming notifications about your online accounts. They include links that, if clicked, will make you vulnerable to their attacks.
Here are some tips to protect you and your computer from phishing scammers: