National Cybersecurity Awareness Week 1: Learn How to stay safe online.
Since the advent of the first computer and computer network there have been individuals that have sought to exploit them for personal gain. Since 2004, the United States has created a collation between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to host National Cybersecurity Awareness Month each October. This month is aimed at raising awareness in both the public and private sector of the threats that face our connected world and what we can do to protect ourselves. Each week has a different theme relating to cybersecurity and this week it is Stop. Think. Connect. : Simple Steps to Online Safety. The purpose of the campaign is to get people to STOP: make sure security measures are in place, THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online, and CONNECT: and enjoy the internet. Below are some tips from Stop. Think. Connect.TM which can help you to stay safe:
Keep Your Machine Free of Unwanted Software
- Make sure that your operating system and critical pieces of software are up to date, even better if you set them to auto update
- Install a comprehensive security solution that scans both your system and removable media
Protect Your Personal Information Online
- Make sure you don’t use the same password for every account! (No your dog’s name doesn’t count)
- When possible enable extra security measures such as multi-factor authentication and biometrics
Be Smart About Using the Web
- Remember the sites that you visit often and only visit / give personal information to sites that you trust
- Be on the lookout for emails or messages that come from strange looking email addresses or request personal information, these could be phishing emails
- Make sure that all of your most important documents and files are backed up in a separate location
For more information regarding online safety head on over to stopthinkconnect.org. If you would like to learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month follow this link to staysafeonline.org. Check back next week for more ways to ensure your data and personal information is secure.