Do your part, be cyber smart

The advancement of technology over the past decades has transformed every aspect of our lives today. Innovation in digital technologies, platforms and services have revolutionized industries, including local government, and has improved efficiency by creating new opportunities for everyone, including cybercriminals.

Remain diligent about knowing and understanding your privacy and security settings to protect yourself from cyberscams and cyberthreats that can be financially devastating. Don’t just be cyber aware, be cyber smart.

Foster a safer and more secure online environment with these key tips based on the latest sophisticated cybersecurity threats and scams:

  • Be Cautious of Suspicious Communications: If you receive a suspicious call, email or text, refrain from engaging and confirm it’s legitimate by contacting the source directly
  • Keep Your Information Private: Never share your personal or financial information, passwords, PINs, security codes or Social Security Number
  • Use 2-Factor Authentication: Implement 2-factor authentication (using multiple ways to identify yourself) with the software programs or companies you interact with
  • Limit Remote Access: Remote access to your device should only be done when you’ve initiated contact with a trusted company through a verified phone number or website
  • Resist Immediate Pressure: A sense of urgency is a common manipulative tactic for cybercriminals. No honest company will rush important decision making
  • Be Careful with Payment Apps: Avoid specific payment methods, such as cryptocurrency, wire transfers, payment apps or gift cards
  • Listen to Your Gut: If something feels wrong, it probably is
  • Act Quickly if Compromised: If you suspect one of your accounts has been compromised, immediately change your user ID and passwords

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