Don't Get Scammed! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Whether you want to admit it or not, you share private information online very often. Sure, you might be one of those hipsters who's "cyber-woke" and "not into social media" but you do have a cellphone or device that gives several businesses access to your data.


Irreversible threats to our personal data are at an all-time high. It's time to take a stand against the hackers and scammers of the interwebs!


Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your online business from privacy breaches:

  • Create secure, unique passwords and don’t share them. It's important to avoid popular words, phrases, and well-known personal information when creating passwords.

  • Be sure that your anti-virus software and operating systems are up to date. These updates keep your devices current and capable of defending your data against the latest viruses and patches. Don't forget to turn on the pop-up blocker!

  • Never give personal information to unfamiliar sources over the phone or via e-mail. Scammers won't hesitate to call you and pretend to be someone else. Verify their authenticity by contacting their company directly before signing up for anything.

  • Don’t click questionable links in e-mails. Just don't do it. The same goes for pop-ups. That's like asking for a virus.

  • Beware of look-a-like links. These links will have a similar spelling to a site that you frequently visit, and sometimes end in .net and .to instead of .com. In many cases, these are infected links that could attack your computer or device.

  • Laptop owners should install a reliable software that allows your laptop to be tracked if lost or stolen. Try to find a system that also gives you remote access to the laptop in case you need to erase or transfer files while your laptop is missing.

  • On social networks, use privacy settings to protect your information. Similar to e-mail, clicking unknown links and pop-ups on social platforms places your devices at risk. These links are usually hidden in strange friend requests, unfamiliar messages, and unexpected videos.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was first observed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2004. Since then, solutions and prevention tactics have become simpler and more accessible.


Protect your data. Don't be like this guy:


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