To coincide with October's National Cyber Security Awareness Month founded by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest is reminding the public of best practices to staying safe online.
With recent data breaches to private businesses and government entities, it's more important than ever to take proper steps to secure personal data. Safeguarding data online will help users avoid common scams such as debt collection, phishing scams, sweepstakes scams and identity theft.
In 2017, identity theft reports to BBB Scam Tracker increased by 49 percent with a total of about 700 scams. In comparison, identity theft victims reported 350 scams in 2016. Victims in 2016 also reported to BBB about 1,200 phishing scams. From January to September 2017, phishing victims reported more than 11,000 scams —an increase of 89 percent.
Visit www.bbb.org/council/for-businesses/cybersecurity to get tips, resources, and information on cybersecurity events.
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