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Tips To Protect Your Confidential Information
As a consumer there are steps you can take to protect your confidential information and reduce the risk of identity theft and potential financial harm.
Here are a few helpful hints:
− Keep your anti-virus software enabled and updated. Anti-virus software scans and deletes viruses from your computer and incoming email. You can easily purchase anti-virus software for your PC; make sure it repairs the damage and updates automatically.
− Keep your computer files updated; Operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS, financial software programs, and entertainment applications may have vulnerabilities or back doors where a keen attacker could gain unauthorized access to your computer.
− Be cautious with your email. Hackers often lie to get you to open virus-laden emails and attachments, using appealing or deceiving titles and bogus addresses. Do not open emails from unknown or suspicious sources. Delete them immediately. Do not open attachments or click on links contained within emails from unknown or suspicious sources. Do not reply to emails from unknown or suspicious sources.
*Basic rule in reading any email, if it sounds too good to be true, do not click on it.
− If you use high-speed internet access, be sure to use a firewall to provide protection from hackers who are always checking your web doorway to see if they can come in unnoticed.
− Be suspicious of Internet downloads. Make sure you download information only from trustworthy sites and that you always virus-scan downloads before opening them.
− Use a spyware detection with your other safeguards to ensure that you do not become a victim of pop ups that could obtain your user ID and password to your private accounts.
− Act immediately in case of an infection. If your PC is infected, log off the Internet and scan it with updated anti-virus software.
Being proactive instead of reactive will always be more helpful when protecting your identity and vital confidential information.
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