Preventive Measures for Military Personnel and Families

  • Visit our Help for Individuals page to find reliable and trusted cybersecurity tools.
  • Place an active duty alert on your credit report if you’re deployed and don’t expect to apply for new credit. Learn how with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Routinely monitor your credit reports at annualcreditreport.com
  • Create strong passwords. Learn how from ConnectSafely.org.
  • Always enable a two-step/factor verification on you and your child’s accounts– which requires an additional code to log in.
  • Regularly check and manage your privacy settings, only sharing private information with trusted friends and family members. Manage Your Privacy Settings with StaySafeOnline.
  • Install the most up-to-date security software on all of your devices.
  • Always keep your operating system up to date on all of your devices.
  • Keep your firewall turned on at all times to prevent hackers from stealing passwords or other sensitive information.

Report, Recover, and Reinforce

No matter what type of cybercrime incident, reporting cybercrime incidents to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is very important! The more national reporting data that is collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Although the FBI does not resolve individual complaints directly, they will make your report available to local, state and other law enforcement partners. The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here. (If you believe that you’ve received a phishing email, please forward the email directly to reportphishing@apwg.org.)

Additionally, active-duty military personnel and families should report any cybercrimes directly to:

Visit our individual cybercrime fraud sections for detailed information and resources on various types of cybercrime that can affect anyone, at any age. However, the resources listed below have been gathered, selected, and vetted specifically for military personnel and families. These resources are offered in addition to those that you will find in our detailed cybercrime fraud sections. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.

General Cybercrime Resources for Military Personnel and Families