Safeguarding Yourself From Scams – Don’t become a victim! Part 2: What You Can Do To Safeguard Your Information

Safeguarding Yourself From Scams – Don’t become a victim!

Part 2: What You Can Do To Safeguard Your Information

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1.) Don’t share your passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers or any other pertinent information with anyone.

2.) Don’t write your passwords down anywhere someone could stumble upon them. It’s best if you don’t keep written records of your passwords, but with the amount of passwords people need now, it’s getting a bit more complicated to keep track of them all without writing them down.

3.) Keep your computer’s spyware and antivirus software up to date and scan your computer regularly.

4.) Make sure you have firewalls up and running at all times. Whether it’s the built-in Windows firewall, your router’s firewall or a 3rd party firewall software; or all of them in combination if you really want to make sure they are working.

5.) Always be wary of emails asking for your personal or financial information. Don’t click on links or open emails that seem suspicious to you at all. Even one simple click can open your computer up to a criminal – installing malicious software and stealing your information. Never click on links in emails or links on web sites that you don’t know or don’t trust. If you get an email from “your bank” saying you need to log into your account right away for any reason, but you aren’t sure the email is actually coming from your bank then don’t click on any links in that email. Open a new internet browser, type in the URL yourself and then log in to your account and make sure everything is as it should be. If a link doesn’t feel right, don’t click it.

6.) Keep an eye on your assets and your credit and check on everything on a regular basis. Make sure to report any odd or suspicious activity immediately. Switch over to paperless billing and statements. Pretty much everyone now-a-days offers paperless statements… banks, credit cards, house-hold billing companies. Having them all delivered to your email inbox instead of your physical address saves paper, postage and also eliminates the possibility of someone stealing your mail.

7.) Never write your full account numbers on your checks when you pay your bills, especially when paying credit card bills, just write in the last four digits of your account number.

8.) Always shred documents you do not need, don’t just throw them in the trash. Criminals do sift through your trash looking for pertinent documents.

9.) Don’t broadcast that you are leaving town, or that you are out of town, on social networking sites. That is sort of like putting up a flashing neon sign over your house that says “no one is home and no one will be home for a while, so come on in and take what you want.” Wait until you return home from your trip to talk about it.

 

If Your ID Is Stolen:
Immediately file a fraud alert on your credit report by calling Equifax (888-766-0008), TransUnion (800-680-7289) or Experian (888-397-3742). After you have filed your report, call the issuers of any credit cards that may have been affected.

 

Basically the gist of everything I’ve written is: be careful with the personal information that you give out.
We all do a lot of shopping online which means we are all typing our credit card numbers into lots of different company websites. Make sure the company you purchase from is reputable. If something seems too good to be true, it is. There is nothing free in life. Massive discounts on normally very expensive items from shady online stores are more often than not going to cost you a lot more than you think.

 

A Few Tips For Kids:

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Do you need any assistance? Want a professional to check your computer security? Contact TeCHS today!

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Young Drivers and Safety On The Road

Drivers have always had things distracting them from driving safely all of the time. Now-a-days with the addition of in-car DVD-players, cell phones and MP3 players, drivers have even more things to draw their attention away from the road. Those who have been driving for a long time have learned to ignore these distractions while we are driving and focus on the road, but new drivers have a very hard time doing this.

Young drivers between the ages of 17-24 years old are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than any other drivers on the road. Every new driver must go through training and certification before being issued a driver’s license, as we all know; and although the education and real-world training help prepare young drivers, once they are out on their own and being distracted by their car full of friends and electronic devices, problems very often occur.

Intensive research has gone into trying to keep new drivers focused on driving and nothing else; from changing the laws on age, how many people can be in the car with a new driver and the addition of the cell phone regulations. The next step may be to include GPS devices to allow parents to more closely monitor their young driver on the road.

Integrating vehicles with things like GPS-enabled cameras can transmit the speed and location of a car and the young driver to allow parents to monitor what their child is doing. People can also use these “car black boxes” to monitor and analyze their own driving habits to help eliminate their own road mistakes. Plus, in the event of an accident the information gathered by the system can resolve any issue fairly and impartially.

Integrating our roadways with intelligent vehicles and intelligent roads will make everyone’s commute easier, safer and better.

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