October was Cyber Security Awareness Month and a reminder to safeguard personal information while online.
According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $26.5 million to cybercriminals already this year. The average victim has tallied a loss of nearly $4,000.
The Michigan State Police urges consumers to be vigilant internet users and offers the following tips:
– Don’t click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from strangers.
– Don’t respond to online requests for personal information.
– Password-protect all user accounts and devices that connect to the internet.
– Don’t use the same password twice; change your password on a regular basis.
More information about staying safe online is available at www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity.