Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your finances from cyber-theft.
Lock down your login with strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
Use separate personal accounts with separate passwords for banking and shopping.
Strong passwords with unique phrases, numbers and special characters help, but
that’s not enough.
Learn more about two-factor authentication.
Use only secure Wi-Fi. Logging into email and banking accounts on free,
public Wi-Fi puts your information at risk. Make sure your phone has a security
feature so no one can use it if you lose it.
Shop only on secure websites. Look for the green lock icon and https://
in the web address before entering your credit card information on. The "s" means
the site has security.
Keep a clean machine. Ensure your phone, laptop and tablet have anti-virus
protection. Running the most current version of software and apps can help prevent
malware and infections. WVU provides free anti-virus software for up to three
personal devices at
Use safe payment options. Credit cards are generally the safest payment
option and offer protections that debit cards don’t. NEVER give your credit card
information to anyone via email or save to your hard drive.
When in doubt, throw it out. Be skeptical with suspicious-looking emails,
even those claiming to come from a well-known company or shipping service. Phishing
scams aimed at stealing your information are often cleverly designed. Don’t click
on email attachments or links without verifying the company’s website is legitimate.