Online criminal activity in 2012 resulted in losses of more than $525 million, according to FEMA. The agency urges everyone to guard against fraud while surfing the Internet. For starters, you should set strong passwords, change them regularly and don’t share them with anyone. Install the latest updates to your computer’s operating system, browser and other critical software. Use privacy settings on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in order to control who sees your profiles and photos, and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
Also be mindful of online offers. Experts say if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. They also encourage you to talk with your friends, family, colleagues and others about Internet safety. If you are the victim of a cybercrime such as hacking, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, www.ic3.gov. If you are a victim of identity theft and to your local law enforcement agency.