Hey, did you forget that it is October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month?
Yeah, I know the month’s almost over and it totally slipped my mind too. But it’s not too late to celebrate it. Here are a couple of suggestions:
You could maybe have “Password Strong” tattooed to your bicep. Or what if you threw a cyber security party for all your family and friends and everyone came dressed up as their scariest cyber threat!
Too much? Okay, how about you just be sure to update your security software with the latest version. And why not take down your list of passwords right next to your desktop computer? And instead, you could use a password manager and post these:
FBI Cyber Security Recommendations
- Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone
- Keep a clean machine—your operating system, browser, and other critical software are optimized by installing regular updates
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for the rest of us. Because the better protected each of us is, the more secure we all are. As the FBI says, “Cyber security is a job for everyone. Every American who uses digital technologies at home or in the office needs to play a part in cyber security.”
For more tips and news about cyber crime, visit the FBI’s website at: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber
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