Cybercrime has become a worldwide issue, thanks to the growing sophistication of online techniques. In 2014 alone, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 269,422 complaints with an adjusted dollar loss of $800,492,073. Yes, that is $800 million dollars. With increasing breeches in security with major retailers, we all have to be on the lookout for financial cyber threats. Have you ever received a phone call from our credit card security company? I have, and I was surprised when they asked me if I was in Texas because my card information was being used there, even though the card was in my wallet, and I was in Ogden. I was grateful that they had alerted me, but what an inconvenience…

    It is too bad that we live in a world where this happens and for that reason I would like to address what we all can do to make sure these criminals are not successful.

    Homeland Security has come up with a national public awareness program called Stop.Think.Connect. When you cross the street, don’t you look both ways to make sure it is safe? Staying safe online takes this same common sense also.

    STOP: Before you go online, make sure you understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

    THINK: Take a moment to make sure that the path is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how being online might harm you.

    CONNECT: Enjoy the convenience of being online because you are confident that you have taken the proper steps to be safe.

    Please take the time to research what needs to be done to be safe and keep up to date with what cybercriminals are doing. Your cybersecurity is important to us. For further information on things you can do to stay safe online, see www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect or call us at 801.627.8700.

    Wasatch Peaks

    Written by Wasatch Peaks