The majority of cyber criminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a government agency, Fortune 500 company, small business, or belong to a home user. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of an incident.
Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.
- Do not include your name, your kids’ or pets’ names, or other well-known information about yourself in your password;
- Avoid using common words in your passwords or passphrases. Instead, break up words with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” and “L”; and
- Use a combination of upper and lower case letters.
Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, colleagues and community about Internet safety.
Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.