December 6, 2022

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) which was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure consumers have access to the resources they need to stay safe and secure online. Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminds consumers to continue to be vigilant in protecting personally identifiable information (pii), as it is a valuable commodity for scammers.

Consider these sobering facts provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

One-third of homes in the U.S. are infected with malicious software.

Forty-seven percent of American adults have had their personal information exposed by cybercriminals.

600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day.

Forty-four percent of Millennials have been victims of online crime in the last year.

“Being connected at home, at work, and when we’re at play often leaves us exposed to online fraud nearly all of our waking hours,” Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas said. “That’s why it’s so important for consumers to be proactive in understanding how to recognize potential problems and how to guard their personal information.”

BBB offers the following tips to stay safe online:

Connect with caution. Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi – these networks are not secure. When…

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