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. "
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.
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 you 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.
Back It Up:
Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
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.
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.
Now You See Me, Now You Don't:
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.
Delete When Done:
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.
Share with Care:
Think before posting information about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it, and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
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.