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Secure Your Information During Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tennessee Consumer Affairs

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – While technological advances have made everyday tasks easier, they’ve also increased the vulnerability of consumers’ most sensitive personal data. Electronic financial accounts, healthcare information, and social media profiles can be exposed in just a few clicks by enterprising scammers. In recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Tennessee Consumer Affairs and Securities divisions are providing tips to help keep your information safe online.

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs. [1]

Technological Advances Provide Convenience but Leave Unsecure Information Vulnerable according to Tennessee Consumer Affairs.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [2] (FBI), cybercrimes are becoming increasingly prevalent, more dangerous, and more sophisticated. Complaints about Identity theft, which is one of the most common forms of cybercrime, have doubled between 2010 and 2015, according to the Federal Trade Commission [3] (FTC).

“Cybercrime is serious and, unfortunately, becoming more commonplace as unscrupulous individuals can swiftly take advantage of unsuspecting consumers,” said TDCI Commissioner and President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Julie Mix McPeak. “We’re advising Tennesseans to go above and beyond during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and take precautions against cybercriminals. If you suspect you have become the victim of a cybercrime, we urge you to report it to the appropriate authorities.”

TDCI share the following tips to help keep your information safe online:

Security Starts at Home

Stay Aware of your Surroundings

 

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Password Protection

Think Before You Click

Secure Your Securities

 

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Share With Care

Monitor Your Accounts

For more tips on being a savvy consumer, visit tn.gov/consumer [4]. Investors can get more information about wise cyber-transactions by visiting tn.gov/securities [5].

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