Make Today Matter...
- 61.8% of all households have a computer.
- 54.7% of those households have Internet access.
- 9% of identity theft information is obtained online.
- 1 million Internet users believe they have received a phishing email. (Phishing is the act of sending an email to a user falsely, claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an effort to steal the user's personal information.)
- 3.8 days is the average life span of a phishing Web site.
- 2 million adult Internet users experience Internet identity fraud annually-5,479 a day.
Take action today!
- Create a password that has a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols for unlocking your computer and for accessing Web sites. Use a different password for each site.
- Never use an automatic log-in feature that saves your username and password.
- Always log off the Internet or your computer when you're finished.
- Avoid storing financial information on your computer.
- Use anti-virus software and a firewall.
- Do not open emails sent to you by strangers.
- Forward spam that is phishing for information to firstname.lastname@example.org and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email.
Are you protected?
The emotional impact of Internet identity fraud has been found to parallel that of victims of violent crime. Remain cyber-safe by protecting your computer as if it were your wallet.
Practice safe surfing. You'll be glad you did.
(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)