Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Do Your Part, And Be Cyber Smart!

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Preferred Mutual is always here to help you Live Assured, and part of the way we do that is by providing you with information about how you can protect yourself in this increasingly digital world! Be proactive by following these tips!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. As the world still navigates the changes we were forced to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Preferred Mutual encourages you to understand and own your role in protecting yourself and taking the steps necessary to enhance cybersecurity!

Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.

There are currently an estimated 5.2 billion internet users. That’s 63% of the world’s population, and cybersecurity starts with YOU!

What is a cybercrime?

A cybercrime is any crime which is committed electronically. This can include:

  • Identity theft
  • Child sexual abuse materials
  • Financial theft
  • Intellectual property violations
  • Malware
  • Malicious social engineering

Why should you care?

Because self-defense basics can go a long way to help keep you and your data out of the hands of those with bad intentions.

How Can You Better Protect Yourself Online?

Secure your networks. Wireless routers are a way for cybercriminals to access online devices.

Stay up to date. Keep software updated to the latest versions and set security software to run regular scans.

If you connect it, protect it. One proven defense against intrusion is updating to the latest virus protection software.

Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you.

Password Tips

Did you know that password or credential stuffing is a cyberattack that tries “stuffing” already compromised usernames and passwords from eon site into another in hopes that the user uses the same login information across all platforms?

  • Use different passwords on different systems and accounts
  • Use the longest password allowed
  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Reset your password every few months
  • Use a password manager

Go a step further and protect yourself with Preferred Mutual’s Identity Fraud Coverage, today! This endorsement can be added to your Homeowners, Mobile, Condo, or Renter’s Coverage. It includes:

  • Costs for obtaining, reproducing, notarizing, or sending affidavits or other pertinent documents;
  • Costs for telephone calls;
  • Research fees;
  • Lost earnings;
  • Loan application fees for reapplying for a loan;
  • Attorney fees to defend lawsuits, remove criminal or civil judgments, or challenge information provided in a consumer credit report.

Call your independent agent today to discuss how Preferred Mutual can help you Live Assured, even when surfing the web! And remember, as a policyholder, you can take us on the go with you! Download our MYPreferred Mobile app today from the App Store or Google Play, today!

This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide.

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