Tips for spotting a scam
We want to help you protect your digital identity and fraud. Be on the lookout when someone:
- Pretends to be someone you know
- Presents you with a conditional prize or problem
- Pressures you to act immediately
- Asks you to pay in a specific manner
This information is from the FTC website: https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams
1. Protect your computer by using security software. Set the software to update automatically so it can scan and protect with any new security threats.
2. Protect your mobile phone by setting software to update automatically. These updates could give you critical protection against security threats.
3. Protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication. Some accounts offer extra security by requiring two or more credentials to log in to your account. The additional credentials you need to log in to your account fall into two categories:
a. Something you have - like a passcode you get via text message or an authentication app
b. Something you are - like a scan of your fingerprint, your retina or your face
c. Multi-factor authentication makes it harder for scammers to log into your accounts if they do get your username and password
4. Protect you data by backing it up. Back up your data and make sure those backups aren't connected to your home network. You can copy your computer files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up the data on your phone, too.