You shouldn’t reuse passwords for different sites, even if it’s a strong password. If someone gets ahold of your password, they might be able to access various accounts you have.
Make sure to use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters to make it harder for bad actors to guess your password, and make sure to change your passwords often.
If you’re having a hard time remembering all your passwords, try using a password manager, which creates and securely stores all your passwords.
Software updates are one of the easiest things you can do to keep your devices protected. You’ll typically get a notification when a new update is ready for you to install.
Keep your home computers and mobile devices safe by running regular software updates and security patches. And consider changing your software update option to “Auto Update” for all software on your computers and mobile devices.
Phishing is when a bad actor sends you an email or another kind of message that looks like it’s from a reputable source but is really an attempt to get you to share your personal information. Often these kinds of messages will include links or attachments that look safe but may contain malware or ransomware.
If you receive a link or attachment from an unknown sender, don’t click or open it. And only provide your personal information when you’ve initiated the contact to a known, reliable number or email address.
Smishing is when a bad actor tries to phish you with an SMS, and vishing is when they try to do it with a phone call. If you don’t know who’s texting or calling you, don’t answer right away or let it go to voicemail.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can report suspicious SMS messages by forwarding them to 7726. You can also block the sender or opt out of subscriptions.
With T-Mobile’s free Scam Shield app, you can see who’s calling, block calls that are likely scams and report unwanted calls.
Enabling multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two-step verification, boosts your security by requiring you to provide two kinds of identification in order to login to your accounts. Often this means your password and a one-time PIN code you’ll receive via email or text message. MFA is a great and easy way to add an extra layer of protection to all of your online accounts.
If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can enable 2-step verification for free by logging into your T-Mobile account and heading to the Security Dashboard.
Be mindful of who you share your information with. T-Mobile and other reputable companies won’t ask you to confirm or verify your sensitive personal information in unsolicited emails, texts or calls. Check out this avoiding phone scams article to learn more.
Every time someone calls a T-Mobile customer, as soon as that call reaches the T-Mobile network, it gets analyzed against a continuously updated database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers. Customers can dial #662# from their T-Mobile phone to enable Scam Block, which automatically blocks any calls that match the database.