October 7, 2019
October is National Cyber Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to make available resources and solutions to be safer and more secure online.
We at Cape Cod 5 are committed to helping our customers, community members and employees protect themselves from cyber threats.
Tips for Browsing Safety
Pop-up Scams – Many pop-ups appear to be from Tech Support and include an urgent message that your computer has a virus and that your immediate attention is required. As a rule of thumb, do not click any links within a pop-up window. “X” out of the window if you can and if not, unplug and clean your computer. Be sure to keep your antivirus software up to date to protect against pop-ups.
- Do not click links in online advertisements or on social media - These are often tempting as they can be tailored towards your interests and based on your browsing history; however, they may include malware.
- Limit your use of public wireless networks – Do not use a public wireless network to do your online banking or shopping. When logging in to your bank accounts, make sure you connect from a secure location and network. Set up bank account alerts to monitor for any fraudulent activity. Click here to learn more about the alerts offered to Cape Cod 5 customers. When you are shopping online, check out as a guest so that you can prevent your credit card and other personal information from spreading around the web. Click here for more information on public wireless networks.
- Beware of Parked Pages – These are URLs with small typos (such as wwww.capecodfive.com) that are created by scammers to look very similar to the URL for a legitimate business. Mistyping a web address will take you to these parked pages and present clickable content that may contain malware.