The tips provided below are helpful in reinforcing cybersecurity awareness and best practices.
Data Privacy Day:
Held annually on January 28th, Data Privacy Day aims to increase awareness of privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations, and government officials.
Unique account, unique password:
Having separate passwords for every account helps thwart cybercriminals. At minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that critical accounts have the strongest passwords.
Make Your Password a Passphrase:
A strong password can be a passphrase that is simple, long, and memorable. Passphrases that are 12 characters long are considered stronger than shorter passwords such as “T!g3r#44”.
Protect All Devices that Connect to the Internet:
Along with computers, all web-enabled devices (smart phones, gaming systems, etc.) need protection from malware and other cybersecurity threats.
Secure Your Online Accounts:
Secure your online accounts by enabling multi-factor authentication. Don’t rely solely on usernames and passwords to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media.
Plug & Scan:
“USBs” and other external/removable devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them. Turn on automatic scanning of external/removable devices if that’s an available option.
Automate Software Updates:
Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
When in Doubt, Don’t Respond:
Fraudulent texting, calling, and voicemails are designed to induce individuals to reveal personal information. Just like email, requests for personal information or for immediate action are almost always a scam.
Think Before You App:
Secure Your Devices:
Be sure to use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen.
Help Authorities Fight Cybercrime:
Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov
) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.
Safer for me, more secure for all:
What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work, and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
When in doubt, throw it out:
Links in emails, social media posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
Back It Up:
Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Think Before You Act:
Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.