- Keep systems and software up to date and install a strong, reputable anti-virus program.
- Create a strong and unique passphrase for each online account you hold and change them regularly. Adding multi-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security.
- Do not open any attachments unless you are expecting the file, document, or invoice and have verified the sender’s email address.
- Be careful when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network and do not conduct any sensitive transactions, including purchases, when on a public network. If you need to connect to public Wi-Fi, download a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app for additional safety. Many common security products offer a VPN option.
- Avoid using free charging stations in airports, hotels, or shopping centers. Bad actors have figured out ways to use public USB ports to introduce malware and monitoring software onto devices that access these ports. Carry your own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead.
The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center is actively working to combat cyber crime.
If you believe you’re the victim of an internet crime, you can call the FBI’s main office at 1-800-CALL-FBI to file a complaint. You can also click here for a direct link.
Interested in reading the 2021 FBI Internet Crime Report in full? See below.