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Online security tips

Follow these simple steps when you’re using your cell phone or tablet to help keep your information secure and protected.

Use strong passcodes to access your devices!

  • Create strong passcodes to access your devices (not sequential numbers or dates of birth).
  • Don’t share your passcodes with anyone.
  • Don’t write your passcodes down on a piece of paper.
  • Don’t use the same passcode for multiple devices.

Keep your location and other activities private!

  • Limit the health and personal sensitive information you access and store on your devices or input into applications (apps) for personal use.
  • Avoid downloading unnecessary or random apps, especially those that are “free.”
  • Occasionally delete unused apps and other personal information including search history, photographs, and text messages.
  • Avoid giving apps permission to collect, share, or sell your device’s location data.

Before disposing of an old device:

  • Delete all data stored on it.
  • Destroy the SIM card if you do not plan to use it in another device.
  • Recycle the device at an appropriate electronic recycling location.

Turn off location services and tracking tools, such as cookies:

  • On Apple iOS devices go to: SettingsPrivacyLocation Services
  • On Android devices go to: SettingsLocationApp permission, or App location permissions

Avoid using public Wi-Fi!

Public Wi-Fi is not secure and may give criminals access to your personal information. It’s safer to use your cellular data when you’re outside your home network.

Strange email or text? Don’t reply or click on links!

Criminals may try to trick you into sharing your passwords, account numbers, or other sensitive information so they can access your personal accounts. They may even send emails or texts that look like they’re from trusted companies.

Watch out for:

  • Emails or texts from someone you don’t know
  • Spelling mistakes or poor grammar
  • Mismatched links that send you to unknown websites
  • Shortened/odd links or addresses
  • Emails or texts asking for personal information
  • Offers or messages that seem too good to be true, express great urgency, or are aggressive/scary