We want everyone, especially Dot employees, to be knowledgeable when it comes to cybersecurity so they can protect themselves and their families from being victims of cybercrime. Below are some tips to keep you safe in the digital world.
Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Cybercrime:
- Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to emails asking for this information—this includes clicking on links sent in an email.
- Pay attention to the website’s URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (Example: .com versus .net).
- If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using the information provided on an account statement, not information offered in an email.
What to Do if You Are a Victim of Cybercrime:
- Report it to the appropriate people within the organization. Contact the Security team by emailing email@example.com.
- If you believe your financial accounts may be compromised, contact your financial institution immediately and close the account(s).
- Watch for any unauthorized charges to your account.
Protect Yourself from Cybercrime with These Tips:
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, tweets, posts, and online advertising are how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communication that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
- Make your password/passphrase a sentence: A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember—for example, “I love country music.” On many sites, you can even use spaces!
- Unique account, unique passphrase: Having separate passphrases for every account helps prevent cybercriminal activity. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts, and make sure your critical accounts have the strongest passphrases.
Overall, protecting yourself against cybercrime can be easy, as long as you take the proper precautions. If you have any questions about cybersecurity at work, be sure to reach out to your company’s IT department.