#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re highlighting how you can keep your family’s information safe this tax filing season, warning signs of an online dating scam and what to do before downloading a virtual private network (VPN) app ‒ along with recent family online safety news.
Timely Resources From NCSA and Friends
- Stay Safe From Cybercrime During Tax Time: Everyone’s favorite time of year – tax season – is creeping up on the calendar. Tuesday, April 17, may feel
eons away, but the filing deadline will be here before you know it. Tax season is primetime for online scams. NCSA and the Identity Theft Resource Center have joined forces to help consumers keep safe during tax season with tips for identifying cyber scams, actionable online safety steps and what to do if you fall victim to tax identity theft.
- Online Dating Scams Infographic: Has an online love interest asked you – or a loved one – for money? That’s a scam. Scammers know millions of people use online dating sites, and they can be found on these sites too, hiding behind fake profiles. Check out the Federal Trade Commission’s infographic for how to spot an online dating scam and what to do if you or a friend or family member becomes a victim.
You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi network of your local coffee shop or airport poses some risk. Public networks are not very secure – or, well, private – which makes it easy for others to intercept your data. So, what can you do to keep your mobile data private and secure while out and about? Some consumers have started using VPN apps to shield the information on their mobile devices from prying eyes on public networks. But before you download a VPN app, you should know that there are benefits and risks.
Online Safety in the News
- A New Tax Scam, and Tips on How to Deal With It: If you weren’t expecting an income tax refund but discover a big deposit from the Internal Revenue Service in your bank account, don’t be quick to celebrate. You may have been the target of a clever new scam. Learn about the latest twist in tax-time identity fraud and what to do if you receive an erroneous refund.
- Driver’s License, Credit Card Numbers – The Equifax Hack is Way Worse Than Consumers Knew: As the 2017 headlines warned us, the personal information of 145 million+ consumers was compromised in a data breach on Equifax, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses. But according to a new disclosure, criminals also accessed other information, like tax identification numbers and email addresses. Learn about this additional impact and what the company is doing to make changes.
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