Cybersecurity Information

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In today's digital age, cybercrime has become an increasingly prevalent threat. Hackers and cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in our online systems and steal our personal information. It is more important than ever to take steps to protect ourselves from these threats. This includes practicing good cybersecurity habits like using strong passwords, keeping software up to date, and being cautious about sharing personal information online. By taking these steps, we can help prevent cybercrime and keep ourselves and our information safe.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication?

Multi-factor authentication is sometimes called two-factor authentication or two-step verification, and it is often abbreviated to MFA. No matter what you call it, multi-factor authentication is a cybersecurity measure for an account that requires anyone logging in to prove their identity multiple ways. Typically, you will enter your username and password and confirm your identity some other way, like with a fingerprint or by responding to a text message.

Why go through all this trouble? Multi-factor authentication makes it extremely hard for hackers to access your online accounts, even if they know your password.

It might seem like a lot of work, but once you set up multi-factor authentication, proving your identity usually adds just a second or two to the login process. And the peace of mind that multi-factor authentication provides is well worth it.

How does it work?

When you turn multi-factor authentication on for an account or device, your login process will require more verification.

You will be asked for your username and password.

If these are correct, you will be prompted to prove your identity another way. You might be able to set up your smartphone, for example, to use a facial scan as verification. Other online accounts might send your phone number or email address a one-time use code that you must enter within a specific time frame. Some accounts will require you to approve access with a standalone authenticator app like Duo or Google Authenticator.

Additional Resources

Common Senior Citizen Scams To Know

As we age, keeping up with the latest technology can become more challenging. However, this can make us more vulnerable to scams. Seniors are often at home during the day, making them a prime target for scammers who try to trick them through phone calls or emails. It’s essential to be aware of these scams and cautious when providing personal information. Scammers will often pretend to be government officials or offer financial assistance to access our savings and credit scores. It’s important to stay vigilant and protect ourselves from these scams. 

Click on the following links to learn more:

Business Impersonator Scams (PDF)Estafas de Imitadores de Negocios (PDF)
Charity Fraud (PDF)Fraude de Caridad (PDF)
Government Impersonator Scams (PDF)Estafas de Imitadores del Gobierno (PDF)
Grandkid and Family Scams (PDF)Estafas de Nietos (PDF)
Health Insurance Scam (PDF)Estafas de Seguros Médicos (PDF)
Home Repair Scams (PDF)Estafas de Reparación de Viviendas (PDF)
Job and Money-Making Scams (PDF)Estafas Laborales y Para Ganar Dinero (PDF)
Romance Scams (PDF)Estafas Románticas (PDF)
Tech Support Scams (PDF)Estafas de Soporte Técnico (PDF)
Unwanted Calls and Text Messages (PDF)Llamadas no Deseadas y Mensajes de Texto (PDF)
You’ve Won Scam (PDF)Has Ganado Estafas Español (PDF)