The thought is that maybe it’s kind of abstract — that nefarious internet users only go after massive corporations with large bank accounts, or that a con artist’s email is going to be so ludicrous that it will be obvious when it pops up in your inbox.
That’s simply not true, experts say. In fact, your data is probably up for sale by someone right now, even if you just get online to chat with friends and do a little shopping.
The Hastings Mutual guideline is simple: Ask yourself if you were expecting an email from the sender. If not, be suspicious. Call the person and ask them if they sent it or let your email provider (or someone on your tech team) know you received something shady.
MFA requires more than just one way to log in to an account; for example, you might have to look up a code on your phone and enter that into a separate computer for access.
Don’t use the same password for more than one account, and don’t leave your password lying around on a scrap of paper!
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