According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), there are four things you can do to protect yourself online:
Think Before You Click
Have you ever seen a link that looks a little different? It may look similar to something you've seen before, but it requires you to enter or change a password. Or the site may ask you to verify personal information.
It's likely a phishing scheme: a link or webpage that looks legitimate, but it's a trick designed to have you reveal your passwords, social security number, or other sensitive information. Once the cyber criminals have that information, they can use it on legitimate sites and impersonate you.
Update Your Software
Cyber criminals will exploit flaws in the system. Network defenders are working hard to fix them as soon as they can, but their work relies on all of us updating our software with their latest fixes.
Update the operating system on your cellphone, tablet, and computers. Additionally, update your applications on all your devices too.
Use Strong Passwords
Creating strong passwords is an easy way to improve your cyber security. Strong passwords include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and 11 or more characters. Be sure to use different passwords for different accounts.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
It goes by many names: Two Factor Authentication, MFA, or 2FA, but they all mean the same thing: opting-into an extra step when trusted websites and applications ask you to confirm your identity. Be sure to use multi-factor authentication if it is available.