Here are some simple tips you can apply to all of your online activities.
- NEVER-that is never ever-share your credentials.
- Never send personal information over the internet that is solicited via email.
- Always verify any entity requesting information by calling the customer service number that is on your account statement. Do not call numbers for verification that are contained within a requesting email. It is easy to set up a "fake" 800 number!
- Make sure that your computer is updated with security software, as noted above. Run an antivirus scan of any computer previously used to connect to online systems prior to accessing online accounts. Additional steps may be required to remove viruses, and install a fresh version of the operating system.
- Consider a credit monitoring service.
- Set up alerts on your accounts, for example, an email notification for transfers in or out of your account in the case of financial online systems; or email notifications when a new vendor is added to a bill pay system. These features are automatic on many online services.
- Check your online accounts regularly. You will be able to pick up activity that wasn't initiated by you, whether on a financial or social site. On financial banking sites, be sure to review your transactions such as transfers, debit card, and bill pay. Regardless of the type of online service, be sure to review transactions and activity often.
- Check your account settings and make sure that no changes or additions to email addresses have occurred. Verify that the email addresses in your account settings are correct.
- Change your passwords on a regular basis.
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