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Take Simple Steps to Protect Money, Identity While Online

by Department of Homeland Security on December 10, 2014

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, many Hoosiers will be making purchases online. While convenient, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is encouraging citizens to take some simple steps to help prevent thieves from accessing online accounts. 

Hoosiers can take these actions to help protect information online:

Set strong passwords using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Change passwords regularly. Set a reminder to change every 30, 60, or 90 days. 
Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. 
Keep operating systems, browsers, and anti-virus software updated. Patches and updates for software are released when vulnerabilities have been discovered.
 Be cautious of offers online. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Citizens that believe they are a victim of a cyber crime can take a few steps to respond and recover:

If there’s a problem, disconnect the device from the Internet to prevent an attacker or virus from gaining access to the system.
If anti-virus software is installed, update the virus definitions and perform a manual scan of the entire system.  
Install any appropriate patches to fix know vulnerabilities.
File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at

It’s important to know that the majority of cybercriminals do not discriminate. They target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a large network or belong to someone at home on a personal computer. 


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