Ten Tips from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Use strong passwords
to accompany your email
address for access to
These passwords should have
at least twelve characters (i.e.,
numbers, letters, and another type
use encryption features.
Examples include AxCrypt,
BitLocker, GnuPG, 7-Zip,
Avoid clicking on links
in emails or opening
Instead, go to the actual site or
cut and paste the link into your
personal information on
For example, do not announce in
advance that you plan to be away
from home for an extended period
or give the dates and hours of your
expected departure and return.
Never allow an unknown
caller to access your
Hang up on callers who offer to
reactivate, clean up, clear up, or
speed up your computer if given
access to it.
Avoid using public Wi-Fi
Instead, use your cellular data plan.
Always back up your data.
Use a Cloud service, external drive,
or memory stick for this purpose.
Update your devices with
the latest software.
Most updates are security related.
Do not pay ransom for stolen
data or false indiscretions.
If you have not done anything wrong
and you have backed up your data,
don’t worry about it!
Never click on pop-up prompts to
change your passwords.
Instead, go to the actual site to enter a new
password or to change other private or
sensitive customer information.
If you believe that you have been the victim of a cyber-related crime, call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at either 714-647-700 or 949-770-6011.