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OCTOBER 2021 IS CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

TORONTO, ON, October 6, 2021

STAYING IN TOUCH

The past year has been a challenge for a lot of us. In the face of these challenges, the internet has played a key role in helping us find our way to a new “normal” – whether that’s connecting with family or the businesses we rely on every day. But while we were busy discovering this new normal, fraudsters have been busy exploiting new opportunities to steal our personal information.

Keep yourself safe while staying social by following these tips:

  • Create complex passphrases. Complex passwords are hard for criminals to crack, but they’re also hard to remember. Instead, consider using a passphrase made up from four random words that make sense to you but will be hard for criminals to guess. Add numbers and symbols to the passphrase and you’ll be even more secure! Whatever you choose, remember to keep it secure and use a different passphrase for every site.
  • Avoid phishing scams. Phishing emails often look like legitimate communications from authentic senders like your bank or the government. Others can be completely random, poorly designed, and use bad spelling and grammar. Whoever the sender might be, if they use urgent or threatening language, request sensitive information, or have suspicious attachments, don’t click on any links, reply or forward the email, or open those attachments! If the email looks like it’s coming from a legitimate sender, contact them using the information on their official website and ask them to confirm that the message is legitimate.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA). Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) on your important accounts to keep your information cyber secure! It might sound complicated, but it’s not – it’s just a second layer of protection to make sure it’s really you trying to access your account. When you use MFA a unique code will be sent to you, usually by text message, to verify that it’s you trying to access your account. It’s just one more way to help keep your personal information from prying eyes.

Find out more about ID Assist and how it can help protect you from identity fraud at www.idassist.com.

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