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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cyber-attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated and common. According to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, 143 million U.S. consumers were victims of cybercrime--more than half of the country’s adult online population--with losses totaling nearly $19.5 billion. In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month during October, we are highlighting a few tips to protect yourself online.

  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Establish strong passwords. A strong password is at least 8 to 12 characters and includes a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid using passwords based on personal or easily accessible information, and never share passwords with anyone. Use different passwords for each account and change them regularly.

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F&M Security Tip: According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2012 Identity Fraud Report, 7% of smartphone users are victims of identity fraud. Don't share personal information publicly, as it can help criminals authenticate your identity (e.g., if you share your pet’s name on a public social media profile and then use it for passwords or security questions).

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