How to protect yourself
Experts recommend putting in place protections no matter how
legitimate a request or opportunity seems.
Protect your phone. Smartphones are tiny computers. Only
download apps that you’ve vetted.
Cellular providers and manufacturers can send unknown numbers
directly voice mail. “On your smartphone, you can go into your
settings and have any unknown number go straight into voicemail,”
“Put your contacts in your phone with their name …”
Build in safeguards. Use strong, original passwords for different
accounts, especially financial accounts, Narang says.
Install security software on your devices, like an antivirus program or encryption.
“Make sure you have two-factor authentication on your account,” so that
even when you put in the password, you have to verify that it’s you with
a code you receive by text message or a security app on your phone.
Switch to a better device. Consider using an iPad or tablet instead of a laptop
or desktop as they can offer more avenues for entry from viruses and scammers.
Review privacy settings on social media. Make sure your information is
only visible to those you choose. Facebook, Instagram and other social media.