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Fraud Prevention Tip of the Week: SMART devices need Smart Security

When we think about cybersecurity we may think about computers and smart phones. But the reality is everything from our TVs to thermostats to appliances are potentially vulnerable to hackers. In this new normal, online safety is a must so remember - smart devices need smart security.

When setting up a new web-enabled device, be sure to review the privacy and security settings to minimize who you are sharing your data with. If your new device is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, but they don’t need to be, turn off those settings. Finally, make sure you change the password on your internet router when you first set it up, and regularly thereafter, using a strong and unique password each time.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for all. Learn how to proactively spot scams or get guidance if you’ve been targeted. Visit or call its dedicated helpline to speak to a fraud specialist at 1-877-908-3360

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