VIDEO: Record High 15.4 Million Victims Lost $16 Billion In Identity Fraud Incidents Last Year

By  //  May 15, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Whitehat hacker Kevin Mitnick shows some ways hackers can attack your personal computer to steal your passwords and how you can take the necessary precautions to prevent such an attack. (NBC video )

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Your personal information is not safe.

That’s the conclusion of a study from Javelin Strategy and Research that highlighted the prevalence of cyberattacks in 2016.

According to the report, a record high 15.4 million victims lost $16 billion in identity fraud incidents last year.

More than ever before, it’s important that you take action to protect your personal information.

Follow these tips to reduce your risk of cyberattack:

Be Up-To-Date

• Outdated software may expose you to viruses, malware, ransomware and other kinds of attacks. It’s important to keep updating your software as the developers release new versions, especially after a vulnerability is found.

• Always upgrade to the most recent version of the operating system on your computer and mobile devices. With Microsoft PCs, enable the autoupdate option in Settings.

• On Macintosh computers, look for “Check for Updates” under the Help menu in the Finder. (Major Mac operating system updates will also pop up in the App Store.)

• On your mobile devices, look under Settings to see if an update is available — iOS updates will come directly from Apple, but Android updates might come from your mobile carrier.

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