Don't get tricked by cyber scams

The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Make sure you know who's knocking at your digital door with these tips for protecting your personal information.

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Think before you click

Email is a prime target for phishing scams. Knowing what red flags (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing) to look for—like bad spelling and grammar and a questionable sender address—can help you avoid becoming a victim.

Use different passwords

If your password is stolen, scammers will try to access the account it was stolen from, as well as other accounts you may have. Don't trade safety for convenience—use different passwords for different accounts. A password manager can help you keep them all in a secure spot.

Keep anti-virus software current

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Installing anti-virus software is just the first step. Keeping it updated is critical. While it may seem like you're constantly getting update notifications, don't ignore them—they make sure you're being protected from the latest viruses. Shop on secure sites only

Many of us make regular purchases online. So it's important to ensure that our information is falling into the right hands. From the website domain to contact information, learn how to tell if an online store is legit. (https://www.highya.com/articles-guides/how-to-tell-if-an-online-store-is-legit)

Don't save your info on sites

When you're shopping online, it's tempting to save your credit card info for future purchases. But it can make you vulnerable to data theft—and overspending.

Lock your devices

Your smartphone contains a lot of sensitive personal data. That's why setting up a passcode is essential. Learn how it can protect your data, and get additional tips for keeping your phone secure.

Recovering your identity

Despite our best efforts, sometimes identity theft happens. Fortunately, if you do get hacked, there are steps you can take to recover your identity. (https://www.identitytheft.gov)

Source: Principal Financial Newsletter