What not to do online

Tips to keep you safe

1. Do not divulge personal information such as date of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc.

2. Be careful what you post.

3. Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know on social media sites. Cybercriminals are able to gain access to everyone on your friends list.

4. Avoid using checking in functions on Facebook to track your locations. Frequent checking into places makes it easier for cybercriminals to monitor your activities and lifestyle trends over a period of time.

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Listen, we’ve all been there; short on cash, recent move or staying at a friend’s home and without Wi-Fi. A quick scroll through the available networks near you show that there are 4-5 houses with Wi-Fi, better yet, they have no passwords. You could easily log on, do your business and no one would know and really no one would get hurt, right?

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You can literally find anything on the Internet; unfortunately this includes bad guys. There are thousands of ways to deceive an Internet user ranging from legal to illegal – some even take a walk on the fraudulent or wild side. No matter the level, all of them regularly find their victims.

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