PRIVACY PROTECTION – PART 2:

The average American receives 41 percent of junk mail each year – half of which they never open.

  1. Shred documents
  2. Leverage online statements and paperless options
  3. Go to www.optoutprescreen.comto reduce pre-approved credit card offers
  4. Go to www.dmachoice.orgto remove your name from mailing lists
  5. Go to www.donotcall.govto remove your name from calling lists

General online safety rules:

Be wary of strangers – the interest makes it easy for people to misrepresent their identities and motives. If you interact with strangers be cautious about the amount of information you reveal.

Be skeptical – people may post false or misleading information about various topics, including their own. Try to verify the authenticity of any information before taking any action

Evaluate your settings – use privacy settings. The default settings for some sites may allow anyone to see your profile. Even private information could be exposed, so don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want the public to see.

Mobile Devices Tips

You are most at risk while using the internet. The bad guys are out there phishing 24 hours a day. Phishing is a criminal activity using social engineering. Some of the most targeting companies are the IRS, online banks, auction sites, and online pay sites. Most are delivered via email and fake websites.

Never go to a login page through a link in an email or a pop up. Always go directly to the login page.

Current threats:

Fake notification E-mails:

Watch out for fake emails that look like they came from Facebook. These typically include links to phony pages that attempt to steal your login information or prompt you to download malware. Never click on links in suspicious emails. Login to a site directly

Suspicious posts and messages:

Wall posts or messages that appear to come from a friend asking you to click on a link to check out a new photo or video that doesn’t actually exist. The link is typically for a phony login page or a site that will put a virus on your computer.

Money transfer scams:

Messages that appear to come from friends or others claiming to be stranded and asking for money. These messages are typically from scammers. Ask them a question that only they would be able to answer. Or contact the person by phone to verify the situation, even if they say not to call them.

Best wishes and stay safe.

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