Whether you’re on your wireless devices 24/7 or simply check your email a couple of times a week, our consumer fraud lawyers know that there’s no escaping today’s high-tech communications. Every dimension of modern life depends, in one form or another, on digital security. It’s more important than ever that we all practice safe habits, both digitally and offline.
If you’ve been the victim of cyber fraud, please contact the consumer rights lawyers at Markoff Leinberger in Chicago today at 1-888-517-9115 to schedule your free case consultation.
A Nation on Alert
President Barack Obama has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Each year, this is a time to build awareness and educate citizens about the need to protect against cyber fraud.
While the term “cyber fraud” might automatically make you think of sitting at a computer or working with your mobile device, the Internet has blurred the lines between offline and online to the point where almost any transaction could potentially render you vulnerable.
Take the simple act of using your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM. From the moment you insert your card until the time you complete your transaction, countless electronic information packets have to change hands between the ATM itself and your financial institution. And every step along the way is an opportunity for cyber criminals to steal your identity and misuse your personal information.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends the following tips to keep you and your family safe online.
- Use strong passwords, and keep them private. Never share your password with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, web browser, and smartphone software up to date by periodically updating them (Even better: Allow them to automatically update when patches become available).
- Limit how much personally identifying information you share online, and adjust your privacy settings to ensure that what you do share is only visible to those you trust, like family and close friends.
- Be skeptical of everything you read online and assume that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. And if you receive an unsolicited phone call or text message from an unknown source, never give out any information. It could be a telemarketing scam.
- Talk to your friends, family, and community members about cyber security and discuss ways to help keep us all safe.
Establishing good practices such as these can help reduce the chances that you’ll become another victim of consumer fraud.
It’s up to all of us to stay safe in today’s digital world. If you have fallen victim to cyber fraud, please contact Markoff Leinberger today at 1-888-517-9115 to speak with one of our consumer fraud lawyers.