Online Spooks Aim to Scare

October is the season for ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Unfortunately, they’re not all friendly like Casper nor are they like neighborhood kids ringing your doorbell in search of treats. Instead, you need to be on the alert for those who will play tricks on you while you’re playing, doing business or shopping online.

Because October is National Cybersecurity Month, this is a good time to bone up on cyber precautions, whether you’re new to the online community or you’ve been surfing and working online for years.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for example, suggests approaching computers and the Internet in the same way we urge children to approach the real world:

  • Don’t trust candy from strangers.
  • Don’t be tricked into falling for an offer that’s too good to be true.
  • Don’t advertise that you’re away from home.
  • Don’t leave “treats” out in the open.
  • Don’t throw caution to the wind.

What are you doing to protect yourself from online spooks? Get tips from your BBB.

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About Luanne Kadlub

Luanne Kadlub, communications specialist for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming, has been a writer/editor for newspapers, magazines and nonprofits.