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It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Are You Safe Online?

| October 12, 2022

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Is this relevant to you? Well, consider how many of your daily activities are done online. Even when it comes to your finances, nearly everything can be done on the internet. While convenient, it’s important to be aware of the risks and take precautions. Here are a few cybersecurity tips to keep in mind.

If you use the same password for many of your applications, you’re not alone. About two-thirds of people use the same login across multiple accounts. Unfortunately, it’s a hacker’s dream. Instead, try using a password manager that securely stores your login info. All you need to remember is one password to access the manager, which will then fill in your password when you access other accounts.1

Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for high-risk logins like your email or other personal online accounts is one way to deter cyber threats. This requires two forms of identification, such as a password and a confirmation code sent to your cell phone. Even if a hacker gets ahold of your login credentials, the second form of authentication is structured to help keep your account protected.

And one you may not even realize is a risk . . . If you’re tempted to plug your phone into a public charging port, for example at the airport or a café, consider using a portable charger instead. Public charging ports can contain malware that gives hackers access to your devices!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month isn’t meant to scare you out of using the internet, but rather to encourage you to stay smart and vigilant with your accounts and devices. 

We hope tips like these are helpful. Remember we’re looking out for you and your family and here if you ever need our help. 

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