Thursday, February 29, 2024

Scammers Weekly: ‘Own it, Secure it, and Protect it’

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(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

Southside Daily has collaborated with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s edition:

October is National Cybersecurity Month and there are three keys to staying safe online: Own it, Secure it, and Protect it.

The “it” is your digital profile – the personal things about yourself that you put online.

Living in the digital age means putting a lot of personal information online, like your home address, where you work, family members, and much more.

Keeping that information safe requires a bit of work. First, you need to own it by understanding what you’re putting out there, (such as what you’re posting on social media).

Next, you have to secure it with strong passwords or using a password manager and enabling two-step authentication where available.

Lastly, you need to protect it by staying current with the latest security updates on your devices and using Public WiFi safely. Learn more at

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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