Tips to Help Keep Your Personal Information Safe

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How To Protect Yourself

Dish Consumer ProtectionBe Aware, Be Safe.

DISH is leading the effort to help keep you better informed. Other companies send out warnings about scams after it happens. We want to share some great tips that will help prevent you from becoming a victim in the first place.

1Before you begin:Before taking this course, its recommended that students view the following training presentations:SharePoint document libraries I: Introduction to sharing files, or be able to add and edit files in a SharePoint library. SharePoint document libraries II: All about checkout, or be able to check out, edit, and check in files. SharePoint document libraries III: Work with document versions, or be able to open and restore previous versions. SharePoint document libraries IV: Tips and tricks, or be able to check in a file by using the Server menu, available by clicking the Microsoft Office Button.Students must also know how to navigate around Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and know how to move messages and open them. [Notes to trainer: For detailed help in customizing this template, see the very last slide. Also, look for additional lesson text in the notes pane of some slides.Adobe Flash animations: This template contains Flash animations. These will play in PowerPoint 2000 and later. However: If you want to save this template in PowerPoint 2007, save it in the earlier PowerPoint file format: PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (*.ppt) or PowerPoint 97-2003 Template (*.pot) (youll see the file types in the Save As dialog box, next to Save as type). Warning: If you save it in a PowerPoint 2007 file format, such as PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx) or PowerPoint Template (*.potx), the animations wont be retained in the saved file.Also: Because this presentation contains Flash animations, saving the template may cause a warning message to appear regarding personal information. Unless you add information to the properties of the Flash file itself, this warning does not apply to this presentation. Click OK on the message.]

TAKE PROACTIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT YOURSELFDISH sends out email alerts when your account information has changed. Make sure you receive these alerts by providing a valid email address at DISH at 800-333-3474 to add PIN verification to your account. With this option turned on, anyone calling into DISH is immediately prompted for your account's security code. This prevents unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your account.Research "identity theft protection" to find out more about companies you can pay to monitor your personal and credit information.SENTILLA 877-907-4761



Criminals attempting to commit fraud sometimes call customers and claim to be DISH representatives. Since they are able to spoof DISH's phone number (make it appear as though their call is coming from DISH even though it is not), these calls often appear legitimate. Do not provide these callers with any personal or account information, including your account number, security code, receiver number, or location ID. You may be asked to provide this information when you contact DISH directly to verify that you are authorized to access the account and/or make changes, but DISH will never call you asking for this information.If you receive a questionable call, hang up and call back on DISH's main phone numberSENTILLA 877-907-4761


When a database containing usernames and passwords is stolen or hacked, the criminals often try using that list of usernames and passwords on hundreds of other companies' websites to see if they can get into any other accounts.

Don't use the same username and password on multiple sites.Use a password that is at least 8 characters long and contains an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, a number and a special character.Change your password every few months.SENTILLA 877-907-4761


Closing the browser window doesn't log you out. Think of it as a telephone conversation: if you walk away from your telephone without hanging up, anyone could pick up your telephone and continue the conversation. Logging out is like hanging up.To protect yourself even further, learn how to delete your browser history and cookies for whatever browser you use. Browsers keep a history of what you do while you are online. If you use a public computer, you don't want to leave behind information about yourself that someone else could access.

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Criminals attempting to scam people out of their money might contact them with a great offer in exchange for an upfront payment made via a specific payment method (usually money order through a service such as Green Dot or Western Union).Any offer that requires you to pay outside of your normal payment method is most likely a scam. DISH customers pay for their service on a monthly basis, and there are no offers that require paying for 6 months or a year in advance. Additionally, DISH will never require that you use one particular payment method. We accept a wide variety of payment methods, including credit card, debit card, electronic funds transfer, check by mail, and money order.If you receive a call about an offer that sounds too good to be true, hang up and call back on DISH's main phone number: 877-907-4761

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Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is a term used to describe the process of gathering information. Any additional information that a criminal collects about someone is a successful phishing attempt.For example, a criminal phishing for information could send out several thousand emails to random email addresses. The email might state that immediate action is required to prevent their DISH installation from being cancelled. Someone might then respond to that email and say that they don't have an installation scheduled.By responding to the email, that person has let the criminals know that their email address is valid. They have also potentially provided the criminals with additional information, such as their full name and whether or not they are a DISH customer. The criminals can use this information to continue phishing for even more information or to pass themselves off as the customer to DISH or another company.Social engineering is also used to describe attempts to gather information, but it involves playing on human emotions to do so. Social engineers will usually pass themselves off as someone who needs help or who is trying to help you. They may know the amount you pay for DISH service, where you work, if you have kids, etc. SENTILLA 877-907-4761


They will use this information to get you to believe their story. They may also exhibit one of more of the following traits:Rapport: The caller is polite and attempts to talk about common experiences. Human nature tells us that nice people aren't crooks.Humanitarianism: The caller tries to draw upon your good nature of wanting to help someone else or a family member. It's in our nature to care.Repetition: The caller repeats the same information over and over but words it slightly differently each time. Things we hear over and over tend to sink in.Urgency: The caller insists on immediate action. A sense of urgency in someone else's voice tends to get the average person's adrenaline going.Authority: The caller tries to make you believe they are a person of authority. We are taught growing up to believe and respect authority figures.If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and call back on DISH's main phone number.SENTILLA 877-907-4761

CHECK HYPERLINKS BEFORE YOU CLICKHyperlinks, which typically appear as blue underlined words, are normally used to carry you to another website. However, they can take you to somewhere other than that what link actually says.In Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox, you can hover your mouse over a hyperlink to display the underlying link in the lower left corner of the browser window. If the underlying link does not match where you are expecting to go, do not click on it.SENTILLA 877-907-4761


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