What month is it? October, you say? Yes, but it is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The US Department of Homeland Security reminds us that being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility.
This week, NCSAM will focus on general cyber security awareness and the Stop. Think. Connect™. Campaign.
What you can do—Homeland Security offers these ideas:
- Find or register a local National Cyber Security Awareness Month event on the official calendar.
- Get information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action during NCSAM.
- Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
- Post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites.
Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online, the agency says. It offers a few tips all Internet users can follow to practice cybersecurity during NCSAM and throughout the year:
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To learn more about cyber security, check out the links below: