When internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out personal information, it's called phishing. Don't reply to email, text, or pop-up messages that asks you for your personal information. Don't click on links within them either - even it the message seems to be from an organization you trust. Legitimate businesses don't ask you to send sensitive information through insecure channels.
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Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information - and your money. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have a good reason.
- Use security software that updates automatically
- Treat your personal information like cash
- Check out companies to find out who you're really dealing with
- Give personal information over Encrypted websites only
- Protect your passwords
- Back up your files
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