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RCMP caution citizens about cyber crime

Christmas season is just around the corner which means it’s also shopping season.
Alberta RCMP is reminding citizens to be cautious while shopping on-line.
Cyber crime continues to grow and is defined as any instance where cyber — the Internet and information technologies — has a substantial role in a criminal offence.
It’s important to protect your identity on-line by taking precautions such as only visiting trusted Web sites and using secure networks for any financial transactions.
Web sites that use “https” rather than “http” are more secure because they encrypt sensitive information.
Having a strong password is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your information safe on-line.
Change passwords often and use a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Another important safeguard is to turn on your firewall.
Not only are adults the victims of cyber crime, but children are as well.
Parents are reminded to know which sites their kids visit and to educate them about staying safe on-line.
Here are some other tips to stay safe on-line:
• Download apps from trusted sources.
• Avoid public Wi-Fi for banking and financial transactions,
• Use a unique password for every social media account.
• Back up important data.
• Be cautious when accessing unknown Web site links or attachments.
• Delete suspicious e-mails.
• Don’t save credit card information on Web sites.
• Watch credit card statements for any unknown charges.
If you have been the victim of a cyber crime and have provided personal or financial information, report this to police, your bank, any companies where your identity may have been used and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/.

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