It is hard to remember what we did without the Internet. Need to settle a bet over the exact nuances of the NFL’s joint possession rule? Wikipedia knows. Need to buy the winner dinner? Try OpenTable. Transfer money using mobile banking and share your frustration on Twitter.
We love the Internet. And October is the month to celebrate it, by keeping is safe.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM 2012). But for us at SecurityCoverage, it is business as usual. We are always urging people to keep their Internet connected desktop and mobile devices safe, so we’re more than happy to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s spread the word!
As we become more connected, more of our daily lives is at risk of a cyber attack. From the more personal threats to personal computers, tablets and smartphones, all the way up to national and international threat to government, commerce, and infrastructure. Now is the time to take a few minutes and make sure you’ve done all you can!
“Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public – to create a safer cyber environment.” NCSAM 2012 website.
So what can you do? The idea of NCSAM is to help get the word out and to protect yourself.
Here are some tips from DHS.gov to share with friends, family and your social networks:
- 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 personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing info widely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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