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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats.

This year’s theme is “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” NCSAM emphasizes the role each individual plays in online safety and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home in the workplace.

OWN IT. – Never click and tell

Limit what information you post on social media – from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings – online and in the physical world.Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are – and where you aren’t – at any given time.

SECURE IT. – Shake up your password protocol

According to National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance, you should consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible.Get creative and customize your standard password for different sites, which can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts.

PROTECT IT. – If you connect, you must protect

Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense against viruses and malware is to update to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. Sign up for automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with anti-virus software.

October is cybersecurity awareness month and we encourage you to visit staysafeonline.org for additional tips and resources.

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