- Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, colleagues and community about Internet safety.
- Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
- Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The extent, nature, and timing of cyber incidents are impossible to predict. If you are a victim of a cyber incident, follow the steps below to respond and recover from the incident.
|If at Home|
|If at Work|
|If at a public place (school, library, etc.)|
After taking immediate action, notify the proper authorities:
- File a report with the local police so there is an official record of the incident.
- Report online crime or fraud to FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
- Report identity theft and consumer fraud to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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