October 14, 2021 ▫️ Security
Everyone plays a part in creating a safe digital environment, and the 2021 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort of government and industry, focuses on the role of each individual in maintaining cybersecurity at home and in the workplace.
Whether using mobile devices, browsing e-commerce websites, or performing routine transactions, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart’ is helping to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.
Here are top tips to help combat cyber-related crimes.
Do not open attachments in emails from people who you do not personally recognize or if the message makes you suspicious.
Remember to pause before you act. Scammers operate based on fear and immediacy. They want you to act fast and not to think first.
When it comes to protecting your accounts, multi-factor authentication is vital. It makes stealing your information harder for the average criminal.
The less enticing your data, the more likely that thieves will choose someone else to target.
Back your files up to a server that’s in a different location. Or consider cloud backup, also known as online backup. It’s a strategy for sending a copy of a physical or virtual file or database to a secondary, off-site location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe.
When you see those little pesky pop-ups telling you to update, don’t ignore those. Most people do miss them, and the problem is that often they’re security updates.
Outdated software is vulnerable to malware. And many attacks target software that most people use including computer operating systems and internet browsers.
Should a malware attack successfully compromise your software, you risk exposing sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, home addresses, and so on.
By updating your software, you can ensure that your systems and the information they contain are as protected as possible from these threats.
There are many free resources online from the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the ID Theft Resource Center.
From online banking and shopping to controlling our home’s thermostat, we live in a world that has become reliant on the devices we carry or that sit on our desks.
And with hybrid and remote work and school having become the new norm for many, it’s important to not only ensure our devices are secure but to make sure everyone is using safe practices.
HERE ARE SOME AREAS TO FOCUS ON:
While many of the tips on the list may seem basic — we should all take time to step up our game in keeping ourselves and information safe from scammers.
To learn more about how to protect yourself online, visit: staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month for more resources.
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