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Practical Money Matters Radio Series

July 18, 2011
How Cyber Secure Are You?

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You may know the basics about identity theft and online scams, but is there more you could be doing to avoid them?


It's sad but true–there are people working to rip you off with online scams, so it pays to protect yourself.

For starters, always be cautious when making online credit and debit card transactions and use updated anti-spyware and anti-virus software. Make sure the website is secure. There's usually a safety padlock symbol or the letters "https" in the address. Only download files from sites you trust, and don't click pop-up windows or suspicious links in emails. Avoid giving out personal information in emails unless you initiated the communication. Also, track your credit card and checking account activity to spot bogus charges.

Bottom line: You're the best line of defense in protecting your online financial transactions.

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