October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. In order to prepare for activities and boost your organization’s security awareness posture, we will focus on several areas in the cyber security realm. By the time October rolls around you should have plenty of resources to make you #CyberAware.
We are a connected world. Whether by social media, chat, texts or phone, it seems that we can go and be anywhere. There are many benefits to the Internet, but it is important to understand the dangers that can also be associated with online activity. Here are some basic strategies to keep in mind as you enter the online realm.
- Online shopping: Make sure you are shopping a known, secure site. Check the reviews of the site. Look for the https and the lock symbol in your browser’s address bar. Check the reputation of the website on webutation.net. Never store your credit card information on the website. Don’t use public wifi for personal information sharing.
- Spam and Phishing: Cyber crooks will send you emails to lure you into clicking on a malicious link or opening an infected file. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t know the sender, delete it. Don’t click on links or open attachments unless you can verify their legitimacy from the sender. Look for misspellings and grammatical errors in the message.
- Keep your device up-to-date: Apply any updates or patches. Install and run anti-virus software.
- #PrivacyAware: Don’t reveal too much personal information online.
- Passwords: Use strong and long passwords. Change them often and don’t use the same password for every site. If you do your banking online, make sure you use a password that is unique. Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.