Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we encourage you to learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your devices.  

Keep up with all of our Cyber Security Awareness Month posts on our Facebook page.

Here are some great tips for protecting yourself online, and remember to Stop. Think. Connect!

Stop. Think. Connect

  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date.  Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.  Turn on automatic updates so you can receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  • Set strong passwords.  A strong password is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Watch out for phishing scams.  Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information.  Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop up screens from sources you are not familiar with.
  • Keep personal information personal.  Hackers can use social media profiles to figure out if your passwords and answer those security questions in the password reset tools.  Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother's maiden names, etc.  Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know. 
  • Secure your internet connection.  Always protect your home wireless network with a password.  When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.  
  • Shop Safely.  Before shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology.  When you are at the check out screen, verify that the web address begins with https.  Also, check to see if a tiny locked padlock symbol appears on the page.  
  • Read the site's privacy policies.  Though long and complex, privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects.  If you don't see or understand a site's privacy policy, consider doing business elsewhere.  

Visit these pages to learn more about securing yourself:  Fraud and Identity Theft Protection Page and Protect Your Financial Security Page

For additional information on online safety, visit  StaySafeOnline.org online.


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