Welcome to Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2017. Recognized every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility – everyone has a role to play. We encourage everyone to take few minutes out of their week to complete the following three cybersecurity steps:
Use unique passwords and use 2-step authentication when available.
- Make the passwords unique from service to service. Using different passwords helps prevent a breach from my social media account from expanding into access to my bank, email and insurance accounts. A great resource can be found here at: https://www.lockdownyourlogin.org/unique-passwords/
- Use 2-step authentication when the service is available. 2-step authentication works by using your username/password and an additional step of typing a random code (typically sent to you separately). This helps prevent someone from using your credentials to gain access to your account by requiring an extra code that is texted to your phone.
- A great site for assistance with setting up two-factor authentication can be found here at: https://www.turnon2fa.com/ . Simply type in the name of the site (e.g. Chase) and it will provide helpful instructions on how to get set up. Update Your Software and Operating Systems.
Update your computers and programs.
- Don’t let cyber criminals take advantage of known vulnerabilities in your devices. Updating your programs and computers with the latest software helps.
Secure Your Social Media.
- Review the sharing or privacy options on all of your social media platforms and ensure they are set to the strictest level. Only share your profile and what you post with people you know in real life.
Each week in October we will provide helpful tips and information to promote cybersecurity in your professional and personal lives. Please let us know if you have any questions and as always…
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