Be cyber secure. Protect yourself against identity theft.
Cyber-crimes are on the rise, and Texas is a major target. According to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report, email scams designed to get the victim to wire a payment through their personal or business account, along with other internet-based crimes, have continued to rise in recent years, and the crooks are continually devising more sophisticated strategies. In 2018 alone, email related reported crimes yielded losses of nearly $1.3 billion. As reference, one expert said that only ~15% to 20% of these crimes are reported. Texas, unfortunately, ranks high in the internet crime statistics, coming in at No. 2 in terms of victims per state (25,589) and No. 3 for reported losses ($196M) in 2018. The problem is real.
The question is, what can we do about it?
Learn the lingo
Phishing – Email that is designed to trick you into providing sensitive information, often replicating a website for an institution you trust in hopes you’ll enter your login credentials.
Vishing – Voice calls impersonating a trusted institution seeking information.
Smishing – Text messages requesting you share personal details.
Hacking – The installation of malware or programs that can log your keystrokes and other computing history, compromising your data security without you ever suspecting wrongdoing.
Juice jacking – Criminals altering public USB ports to collect information or install malware providing access to texts, emails and other personal communications. Some security experts have likened using public USB ports to using a toothbrush you’ve found on the side of the road.
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