October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)!


Each week we will have tips on how to stay safe and secure online.

Week 1 #CyberAware Tips

Lock down your login: Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools – like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device – whenever offered.

Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup.

Keep a clean machine: Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including personal computers, smartphones and tablets current to reduce risk of infection from malware and ransomware.

Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It is OK to limit how and with whom you share information.

When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk.

Share with care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.

Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.: Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices.

Stay tuned each week throughout October for additional information on how to protect yourself from cyber security threats.

If you have any questions about NCSAM, please contact the TSC.