The tips provided below are helpful in reinforcing cybersecurity awareness and best practices.
Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots:
Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection on the go.
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.
Value and protect personal information:
Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.
Own your online presence:
Set the privacy and security settings on websites and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit who you share information with.
Think twice before you post something:
Before posting information about others on the Internet, ask yourself if you want that type of information posted about you.
Write it down and keep it safe:
Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. You can alternatively consider using a password manager to keep track of your passwords.
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.
Keep Security Software Current:
Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
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.
Stay current – Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online:
Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share information with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
Be aware of identity tracking:
Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are in range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use to protect your privacy and minimize exposure to vulnerabilities.
Remove unused apps:
It’s a good security practice to delete apps that are no longer useful or interesting to you. Remember to keep all apps on your mobile device up-to-date.
Keep your mobile phone and apps up to date:
Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your PC or laptop. Having the most up-to-date security software, web-browser, operating system, and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware, or other threats.
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.