The National Cyber Security Alliance is reporting that 84 percent of Americans feel the need to protect their personal information. From the sudden awareness of hacking incidents involving cars to a person’s identity, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) is reminding Florida residents to learn more about cyber security with a few tips:
Stop: Personal information is like money — value it. Protect it. Do not share online account access with anyone who is not a joint owner of the account, and never share personal account passwords with anyone. Take time to learn the risks and ways to spot potential problems. One common way to protect your personal information is to keep your passwords strong and safe by regularly changing them and never using the same password for multiple accounts online. It is also important to use trusted vendors at all times, and regularly perform virus scans on your computer system using up-to-date security software.
Think: Share with care — what you post online can last a lifetime. Consider how your actions online can affect you and your family’s safety.
Connect: Demand privacy — you deserve it. Enjoy the internet confidently knowing that you are aware and prepared to safeguard yourself and your computer.
In addition, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement created Secure Florida to provide Floridians with the education as well as resources to protect themselves. The safe internet guide also teaches residents how to handle a disaster, practice security on their computer systems and educates children on online safety.
If you experience any type of cyber-security breach, report the incident to local law enforcement or the Federal Trade Commission.
If you are a victim of fraud or suspect suspicious activity, please file a complaint with the OFR online.