October is Cybersecurity Month: Keep YourData Safe
We use the Internet for work. We use the Internet at home. We use the Internet to gather information or to search for entertainment.
We are constantly connected and enjoy the freedom and efficiency that the Internet provides; however, being constantly connected brings increased risks of theft, fraud and abuse.
October 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Even though October is awareness month, cybersecurity is a crucial component of our lives and should be observed year round. While this years theme is that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, I contend that you have the greatest responsibility.
Computer systems are often designed with security features and technical experts work to make the systems even more secure. However, the choices you make are crucial in the protection of your finances, identity and privacy in this digital world.
Below are some Quick Wins for your protection:
- Patch Your Computers
- Maintain Up-to-Date Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Software
- Use Passphrases over Passwords
- Password Protect your Computers and Mobile Devices
- Use Portable Media that is Encrypted
- Use Extreme Caution Clicking on Links or Opening Email Attachments
- Be Cautious with Online Postings
- Be Careful using free Wifi Networks
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