Dave Chatterjee, an associate professor of management information systems, talked to the Augusta Chronicle about how consumers can stay vigilant about cybersecurity.

He offered the following tips:

  • Use cash instead of credit.
  • Monitor all financial transactions daily.
  • Set up a credit monitoring system to protect against ID fraud or theft.
  • Be aware of dumpster diving, where thieves go through garbage for discarded financial documents or digital media. Always shred documents before trashing them.
  • Be aware of skimming, in which thieves capture credit or debit card information at a point-of-sale terminal.
  • At a restaurant or store, be leery of employees taking a card out of sight. It can be run through a hand-held scanner, capturing information and then used to run up charges on an account.

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