With tax day just around the corner, it is cyber-criminals’ favorite time of the year. ‘Tis the season for online scams with phishing emails and fraudulent phone calls at the top of the list…


When in doubt, throw it out!

  • Links in emails, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cyber-criminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete.

Think before you act!

  •  Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true or asks for personal information.

Make your password a sentence!

  • A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember.

Unique account, unique password!

  • Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber-criminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.

Lock down your login!

  • Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as bio-metrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.


**Information courtesy of StaySafeOnline**