Cyber Security Awareness Month: There's no better time to learn how to stay cyber safe!
Think cyber safety
In today's digital world, where technology plays an ever-bigger part in our daily lives, there are some basic rules to follow to protect yourself from cyberattacks:
- Protect your mobile devices using a password and auto-lock.
- Use a different strong password for each of your online accounts.
- Keep your passwords secret and change them often.
- Don't open files, click on links or call phone numbers in unsolicited text messages and emails.
- Be careful publishing content online, especially on social media.
Watch out for phishing scams
Have you ever gotten a message or call from an unfamiliar number asking you to give personal information or click on a link? Cybercriminals use scams like these (known as phishing) to get victims' personal information and steal their identity. Here are some tips for avoiding them:
- Double-check the address or phone number. It might look familiar, but it'll be off by just a few characters.
- If you're not sure, call the sender using their regular number, not the one in the message.
- Be wary of emails urging you to act fast.
- Don't click on links from unknown senders.
- Click Phishing Scams and Identity Theft to find out how we normally communicate with taxpayers.
Stay safe online
Being online is part of our daily lives. Follow these tips to stay safe:
- Make sure the website you're using is secure and that the URL starts with “https”.
- Check the confidentiality and security settings on your social media accounts to limit who can see your personal information.
- Never share personal information such as your home or work address or date of birth, or even your vacation photos. Cybercriminals use social media to gather information about their victims and track their movements.
- Only install trustworthy apps on your mobile devices. Read other users' reviews to see what they think.
Protect your identity
Keep your personal information—and your identity—safe from cybercriminals:
- Watch out for suspicious activity in your online accounts. If you notice any change in your information, contact the business or organization right away. If it's Revenu Québec, call us.
- Share as little personal information as possible online.
- If you're not sure about the payment method being used, double-check on the business's or organization's website to see if it's their standard method. To see our payment methods, click Payment Options.
- Don't click links asking you to provide banking information to get a refund.
- Identity theft is serious. If you fall victim to it despite your best efforts, act quickly to limit the risk and prevent cybercriminals from using your information. For help, contact us and see the Loss or Theft of Personal Information: How Should You React? checklist on the Commission d'accès à l'information website.
Protecting confidential information is a top priority for us. Our data security measures meet the highest standards in the field. They include:
- internal audits on confidentiality, ethics and data security
- tools that prevent personal information from being sent in a mass email
- new measures adapted to the new work-from-home reality
To learn more about the measures in place, click Data Security.
You can do your part to help us protect your information!