October is the season for ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Unfortunately, they’re not all friendly like Casper nor are they like neighborhood kids ringing your doorbell in search of treats. Instead, you need to be on the alert for those who will play tricks on you while you’re playing, doing business or shopping online.
Because October is National Cybersecurity Month, this is a good time to bone up on cyber precautions, whether you’re new to the online community or you’ve been surfing and working online for years.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for example, suggests approaching computers and the Internet in the same way we urge children to approach the real world.
Don’t trust candy from strangers. Finding something on the Internet does not always make it true or good for you. Anyone can publish information online. So before accepting the statement or advertisement as fact, verify that the source is reliable and if it’s a business, check it out first with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona by visiting, www.tucson.bbb.org. Because many scam artists “spoof” email addresses to appear that they’re coming from your financial institution or an online payment service, you should be wary of any email requesting that you verify account information. And never ever open attachments or respond to requests for personal or financial information from someone you don’t know.
Don’t be tricked into falling for an offer that is too good to be true. Many emails promise outlandish rewards or monetary gifts in the millions of dollars. They might state you’ve won a sweepstakes or that a rich businessman in a war-torn country left millions in a foreign bank with no (more…)