Homeland Security recognizes October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ Campaign is aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online, both at home and in the workplace. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.
Phishing through emails accounts for 90% of data breaches. Taking the simple steps to stop, think and connect really means to slow down. Pay attention to anything that looks suspicious, and if you do have something in question, take a moment to vet the email or the link before reacting.
Here are other ways to be smart and stay protected:
- Be wary of free Wi-Fi networks. Never bank or shop over free Wi-Fi networks, which are often not secure. You risk cyber criminals gaining access to your accounts and stealing your personal information.
- Think before you click. Don’t click on links or open email attachments you don’t trust. Look closely at the link or the sender of the message to make sure it’s legitimate. When in doubt, throw it out – ignore the link or delete the email.
- Protect your privacy. Review the privacy settings on your social media accounts to limit who can see your information. Also, never post sensitive information – like your address, birthday, or phone number – publicly.
- Back up your data. With threats like ransomware on the rise, it’s more important than ever to protect your valuable work, music, pictures, and other digital information by keeping back-up copies.
- Set strong passwords. Do not use the same password twice, and choose passwords that are hard to guess and contain a combination of letters and numbers.
- Make cyber security part of your onboarding. It’s important to train employees and make them aware of cyber hazards, but don’t forget when new employees come on board. Training new employees of your policies is critical.
Director of Digital