This is a good time to remind internet users about safe internet habits (from the Ohio Attorney General's Website):
- Change your passwords regularly, and make all your passwords unique and complex, using a variety of letters and characters. Don't use your birth date, maiden name, Social Security number, or other numbers that identify you.
- Avoid over-sharing. Think twice before sharing information such as your name, address, or date of birth online. Your new online "friend" may be a scammer trying to take your money.
- Strengthen security settings. Familiarize yourself with the security settings of each of your online accounts, such as email, online banking, and social networking. Restrict access to any information you don't want to be publicly available.
- Encrypt data. When using a wireless router, make sure your network is secured. Having a secured wireless network makes it difficult for someone to access your home computer or Internet.
- Be careful where you click. Pop-up ads, attachments, or links in email messages may be part of a scam to get your personal information. Even if you trust the sender, beware. Hacking has become so prevalent that a message from a family member or friend could be a scam sent through a compromised account. Be especially cautious if an email contains only a link and/or a generic line, such as "Check this out!" Before you click or open the attachment, call your friend or the business directly to verify its legitimacy.
The Ohio AG has produced a helful video to guide you should you feel your identity has been stolen and your credit is at risk.