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National Cyber Awareness Month

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Erin O’Neill from the Better Business Bureau tells us how to protect ourselves online.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Practice good online safety with these tips and advice.

Keep a Clean Machine:

  • Keep security software current to ensure your system can be on defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates to automatically connect and update to defend against known risks.
  • All web-enabled devices can be suspect to viruses as well.

Protect Your Personal Information:

  • Secure your accounts with unique, long and strong passwords including capital letters, numbers and symbols.
  • If your password is really unique, write it down and keep it safe in a secured area away from your computer.
  • Own your online presence, when available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing.

Connect with Care:

  • When in doubt, throw it out. Links in emails, posts, online advertising, can all compromise your computer if cybercriminals get ahold.
  • If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or mark as junk mail.
  • Get savvy about wi-fi hotspots; limit the type of business you conduct on public wi-fi.
  • Protect your money when shopping or banking; check to be sure the sites are securely enabled. Look for the padlock on the tool bar of https://

Be Web Wise:

  • Stay current with new ways to stay safe online by checking trusted websites (BBB), share with friends and family to encourage them to be wise.
  • Think before you act…if there is an offer that seems too good to be true or asks for personal information, be careful.
  • Back it up…protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
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