Are you doing what it takes to protect yourself from a cyber attack? October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
According to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Reports, 143 million U.S. consumers were victims of cyber attacks costing more than $19 billion. Reports from Cyxtera said phishing websites increase 250% every three months.
“It can happen very quickly,” said Carl Watson, F&M Bank & Trust President. “Once you click on something that infects your PC, in a matter of minutes there’s a lot of issues. It happens before anyone is even aware that it’s happened.”
Watson said to update your devices software and antivirus protection. Create strong passwords and do not use personal information, do not share them and change them frequently. Do not open suspicious emails. When shopping online use websites with “https” at the beginning of the web address.
“We see it everyday with consumers in the banking industry that have had their information compromise and we help them get back in good standing, but it happens. It’s common place these days, unfortunately,” said Watson.
If you believe you are victim of a cyber attack contact the federal trade commission and your local credit bureau.