October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Tips to Stay Safe Online

Keep a Clean Machine

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.

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.

PROTECT ALL DEVICES THAT CONNECT TO THE INTERNET: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.

PLUG & SCAN: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

MAKE PASSWORDS LONG AND STRONG: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.

UNIQUE ACCOUNT, UNIQUE PASSWORD: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.

OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

Connect With Care

WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.

GET SAVVY ABOUT WI‐FI HOTSPOTS: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.

PROTECT YOUR $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with https://, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.

Be Web Wise

STAY CURRENT: Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.

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.

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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