Cybercrime is an ever-expanding problem in commercial transactions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic with more people working from home and living online. Here are some tips to protect yourself from cybercrime when engaging in a commercial title transaction.
Cybercrime Prevention Tips
Following these simple tips can help protect you from cybercrime:
- Before giving out any personal information via email or phone, be absolutely sure that the person on the other end of the line is legitimate. If you’re not sure, ask them to provide a name and call-back number, or hang up and call a number you know.
- Never click on links in emails or open email attachments unless you’re sure they come from a legitimate source.
- Set secure passwords that only you know and update them regularly.
- Keep your browser, operating system, and anti-virus software up to date.
- Keep a close eye on the URLs of the websites you’re visiting. Bad actors will often use slight variations of legitimate URLs to trick users into giving out their information.
Don’t Fall for Social Media Tricks
Be careful what you post on social media. There are several trends going around social media that seem harmless but are intended to dupe users into revealing personal information. For example, the high school support photo trend encourages users to post high school photos and include the name of their school, mascot, and other information that is often used in login security questions. Think before you share anything containing personal information on social media.