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  • FIGHT THE PHISH - INTERNET SECURITY AT WORK OR SCHOOL

    A. Defend your computer.

    1. Strengthen your computer’s defenses. Keep all software current with automatic updating (or follow the directions of IT staff). Never turn off your firewall.
    2. Don’t be tricked into downloading malicious software. Stop and think before you open attachments or click links in unusual email, text or instant messages, on social networks, or in random pop-up windows.

    B. Protect your financial assets. 

    1. Don’t put confidential information in email instant, or text messages.
    2. Beware of scams. Never give information like an account number or password in response to a phone call, email, or other online request.
    3. For the most sensitive transactions – Automated payments, payroll, and banking transactions, consider using a dedicated computer not used for email or web browsing.

    C. Create strong passwords and keep them private

    1. Lock devices and online accounts with strong passwords or PINs. Strong passwords are long phrases or sentences and mix capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
    2. Don’t disclose passwords or PINs to anyone.
    3. Use different passwords for different accounts and change frequently.

    D. Guard BPS data when you're on the go. 

    1. Treat all public Wi-Fi networks as a security risk.
    2. Choose the most secure option even if you must pay for it.
    3. Encrypt all confidential data on smartphones, laptops, flash drives and other portable devices
    4. Use Flash drives carefully. Don’t put any unknown flash drive in your computer, or open files that are not familiar