- Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your accounts whenever available. Sometimes referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA), this added layer of protection will confirm you are who you say you are. See the MFA Fact Sheet attached below for more information.
- Think before you click links and attachments in email and text messages. Assess links you don’t recognize and attachments you are not expecting.
- Create long, complex, and unique passwords. Use a password strength checker to see how much time it might take a cybercriminal to crack a password. (Enter passwords similar to ones you use, not the actual passwords.)
- Keep your software up-to-date. If possible, enable automatic updates on your personal devices.
- Use a virtual private network (VPN). Boost Wi-Fi security with a VPN at home and when traveling; it provides a secure connection to the internet.
- Be cautious when sharing information on social media. Oversharing can increase your vulnerability to phishing scams and identify theft.
- Trust your instinct. If something seems suspicious, it probably is.
Visit the OIS webpage, Top 10 Actions to Reduce Risk, for more information.