If you haven’t seen it already, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to brush up on your online security measures. There are things you can do to protect yourself from online crime. Some of those things include:
- Updating your security software on computers, mobile phones and tablets.
- If emails, or links in emails, look suspicious, delete them.
- Think twice about responding to an offer that looks too good to be true, ignore instructions to “act now.”
- Implement strong passwords and enable stronger authentication, meaning when you use your password you are emailed or text a second security code to enter a site to pay bills, check accounts, etc.
"All of this is like locking your doors and windows and adding additional hardware to them,” said Kenny Ehrman, chair of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Consumer Protection and Public Safety Foundation. "When it comes to the internet we think of this as a chore and as busy work that we will attend to later. Sooner is much better than later to protect yourself from online crime.”