Be Cyber Smart

by Janean Flowe

While many of us spent 2020 in pandemic lockdown, identity thieves stayed busy. The Federal Trade Commission received nearly 1.4 million reports of identity theft in 2020 — about twice as many as in 2019. Often, the thieves used stolen personal information to apply for government documents or benefits, such as unemployment insurance. On top of that, there were more than 2 million reports of fraud involving imposter scams, online shopping and more. 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — a good time to become cyber smart with tips like these: 

  • Double your login protection with multifactor authentication whenever it’s available.
  • Use the longest password or passphrase allowed and change it up for different sites.
  • Make sure your software is always updated to the latest version.

AAA Members have access to free identity theft monitoring from ProtectMyID. Sign up at 

Members must enroll in ProtectMyID Essential to receive free identity theft monitoring. Standard messaging rates apply. Members must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible to enroll. A valid email address and access to the Internet is required for ProtectMyID Essential. Certain terms, conditions, and restrictions apply. Visit for details. 

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