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Why National Cyber Security Awareness Month?


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life.

When using a laptop or other Internet-enabled devices, think of the following:

  • Regardless of how fast your fingers fly on a keyboard or phone, the best tool you have to help avoid online risks is your brain.
     
  • Stop and think before you post, share, or send. Do you trust the site you're on? How would you feel if your information ends up somewhere you didn’t intend?
     
  • Which websites are okay to visit, and what kind of information is acceptable—and more importantly, unacceptable—to share online?
     
  • Many employers now consider personal data posted online when evaluating a candidate for a job. As information you share on the Internet becomes increasingly accessible to others, what steps are you taking to manage your online brand?
     
  • While the Internet allows us to stay connected, informed, and involved with family and friends, any public environment requires awareness and caution. Just as you use locks to keep criminals out of your home, you also need safeguards to secure your computer. 
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  • As technology advances, so do the techniques cyber criminals use to gain access to our information. 

Be #CyberAware. You may not consider yourself a target, but everyone has valuable information sought by attackers, such as employee and customer records, bank account information, access to finances, and a point of entry into larger personal or computer networks. Stop. Think. Connect. And stay safe online.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:26pm

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