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Stay Alert: Fraud is on the Rise



As internet hacking grows more advanced, our private information is at risk now more than ever. Hackers can gain access to credentials such as your name, address, birthday, and passwords, or even more sensitive data like credit card numbers or even your social security number. It’s vital to protect your information and keep an eye out for any leaks you may be an unwitting victim of.


Check for leaked information

Did you know that you can check to see if your data has been subject to theft? Sites like Have I Been Pwned exist to inform you where your email-linked accounts’ content may have been vulnerable to cyberattacks. These leaks affect not only smaller or less secure sites but also large, well-known organizations through weak spots in their security. It’s important to stay on guard and take precautions to protect your information!


Stay safe!

Aside from site hacking, fraudsters have multiple avenues for stealing data. In fact, human error is one of the largest contributors to data theft! Among other things, falling for email scams (known as “phishing”), using weak or reused passwords, and failing to update antivirus software can all put you at risk.


Here are a few steps you can take to proactively protect your information and prevent yourself from being a victim of theft:

  • Subscribe to cybersecurity news outlets: Regularly follow reputable cybersecurity news websites and subscribe to their newsletters to receive updates on the latest data breaches, cyber threats, and security developments. These organizations often provide real-time information about emerging threats, allowing you to stay informed and take timely action. Some outlets may even let you know when your email has been subject to a hacking event!


  • Monitor company communications: Keep an eye on communications from the online platforms and services you use in the workplace. Companies often release security updates and advisories addressing potential vulnerabilities. Stay informed about these measures to enhance your online security.


  • Follow social media accounts of cybersecurity experts: Many cybersecurity experts and organizations share timely information and insights on platforms like X (formerly Twitter). Following their accounts can provide you with a continuous stream of relevant updates and tips.


  • Participate in online security forums: Join online communities and forums dedicated to cybersecurity discussions. Engaging with these communities allows you to exchange information with peers, learn about new threats, and stay updated on best practices for online security.


  • Regularly check for software updates: Ensure that your operating system, antivirus software, and other applications are up-to-date. Software updates often include security patches that address vulnerabilities, reducing the risk of exploitation.


  • Educate yourself on common threats: Stay informed about common phishing scams, malware techniques, and other prevalent cyber threats. Being aware of these tactics enhances your ability to recognize and avoid potential risks.


  • Implement Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable two-factor authentication on the sites and apps you use whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security to your accounts, making it more challenging for unauthorized individuals to access your data.


  • Read privacy policies: Be familiar with the privacy policies of the online services you use. Companies often outline their security measures and practices in these policies, giving you insights into how they protect your data.


  • Password safety: Be sure to regularly change your passwords. Create passwords that are complex yet easy to remember, and never reuse passwords across different sites. If you tend to have a hard time remembering which password goes where, using a password manager can help by safely storing your information.


Build a protective wall

Data protection is a growing concern; you need to construct a virtual “wall” to keep your information safe and secure! While these tips can help to protect your data, we recommend conducting additional research to stay up to date on the latest security approaches.


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