Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and special characters to create a more secure password. Change any default passwords on your mobile device to ones that would be difficult for someone to guess.
Create a passphrase: Passwords can now be “mybosslikesreadingcartoonsinthenewspaper.”
Unique account, unique password: Use different passwords for different programs and devices to thwart cybercriminals. Do not choose options that allow your device to remember your passwords.
Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
Get Two Steps Ahead: Turn on two-factor authentication – on accounts where available. Two-factor authentication can use anything from a text message to your phone to a token to a biometric like your fingerprint to provide enhanced account security.
|Signs of Phishing
Urgency: Urges you to act quickly because your account may be suspended or closed.
Generic Greeting: Doesn't address you by name, but uses a generic greeting like "Dear valued customer."
Validate or Update Information: Asks for account numbers, passwords or other personal information.
Includes Errors: Contains misspellings or grammatical errors.
Unusual Content: Is from someone you know, but includes a strange subject line or unusual attachments.
Unknown Link: Contains links to unknown or suspicious websites.
Plausible Sender: Claim to be from your military service, government organization, Internet service provider or bank.
Fake Website: Direct you to a Website that looks real.