Ashley Moody Highlights Online Safety Tips During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert this week, highlighting online cyber safety tips for Floridians during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The average American spends more than six hours per day online where cybercriminals lurk to prey on unsuspecting users. Moody offered tips to help Floridians stay safe and secure online.

“Cybercriminals are brazen, and will go to great lengths to access your personal or financial information. This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I want to remind Floridians to keep their security software updated and be on the lookout for fraudulent messages and malware attacks,” Moody said.

Useful tips to help prevent cyberattacks include:

Keep software up-to-date, always installing the latest security updates for devices;

Create unique passwords for different sites, using a series collage of numbers, characters, capitalization and special characters;

Enable trusted two-factor authentication services whenever possible;

Be careful clicking on links, especially from untrusted sources; and

Never access personal apps or files when using public WiFi.

Report potential phishing or malware scam emails to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center here. Scam messages can also be reported to Moody’s office by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com, or calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.

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