STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
THINK: Take a moment to be sure the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider the impact on your safety.
CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet, knowing you have taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computing device.
It is also important to remember the following tips when online or on a mobile device:
- Never disclose personal financial information such as your passwords, user IDs, account numbers or PIN numbers. No one from the bank will ever ask for this kind of information.
- Some phones offer password protection on the home screen, which you may want to consider.
- Don’t open attachments you are not expecting.
- Never click on the link provided in an email you believe is fraudulent. It may contain a virus that can contaminate your computer.
- If you believe the contact is legitimate, go to the company's website by typing in the site address directly or using a page you have previously bookmarked.
- Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date. Anti-virus software needs frequent updates to guard against new viruses. Download the anti-virus updates as soon as you're notified that a download is available. Some anti-virus programs offer an "auto-update" feature, where regular updates are made automatically for you.
- When you're not online, always disconnect from the Internet.
- Always back up the files on your computer.
- Install a personal firewall to help prevent unauthorized access to your home computer, especially if you connect to the Internet via a cable modem or a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem.
- Maintain current versions of your computer's operating system and Internet browsers.
- Limit the amount of Personal information you post online.
- If you fall victim to an attack, act immediately to protect yourself. Place fraud alerts on your credit files. Monitor your account statements closely.