Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an organization that is part of Homeland Security, has warned companies across the country about the potential for spillover of cyberattacks that are happening in Ukraine.

CISA says there is a chance those attacks could come to the U.S. and other NATO countries. As always, we are doing everything in our power to protect you, but here are a few things you can do to protect yourself.

  1. Think before you click on any links in email, text or social media. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. Use strong passwords that are complex and never reuse passwords between systems. If you use the same password for everything then one breach can breach all your accounts. There are also password programs that allow you to securely store your passwords.
  3. Use multi-factor authentication. Adding the extra step of getting a code sent to your phone for all sites and systems that allow multi-factor authentication greatly decreases the ability of cyber criminals to compromise your system.
  4. Trust, but verify. If someone you know suddenly asks for money or assistance, be cautious. Take the time to call the person on a phone number you know is their personal number to confirm that it is, in fact, them.
  5. Make sure your computer, phones, and tablets are updated to the latest version of software. Security updates can cause issues, but the issues caused by those updates are typically less severe than when someone’s computers are compromised.

It’s important to be careful with your accounts at all times but even more so now during the heightened threat of cyberattacks.