10 Ways to Stay Safe Online for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

10 Ways to Stay Safe Online for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

It's our favorite time of year again, when the air turns crisp, the leaves begin to fall, and thoughts turn to the many ways to bolster individual and business security as part of National Cyber Security Awareness month.

Now in its 12th year, this effort to help people stay safe online was marked with a presidential proclamation from President Obama. He highlighted an executive order to promote information sharing between government and industry.

“We now live in an era of the Internet—our children will never know a world without it,” Obama’s proclamation reads. “Our financial systems, our power grid, and our health systems run on it, and though widely helpful, this reliance reminds us of our need to remain aware, alert, and attentive on this new frontier. By working together to prevent and disrupt threats to our digital infrastructure, America can continue pioneering new discoveries and expanding the boundaries of humanity’s reach.”

Here are 10 easy tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance to stay safe online:

  1. Keep all software on Internet-connected devices up-to-date to reduce risks from malware and infections.
  2. Use a passcode or security feature (such as a finger swipe) to lock your phone or mobile device.
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication on critical accounts like email, banking and social media.
  4. If it looks suspicious—even if you know the source—it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  5. Clean up your digital life. Review and delete online “friends” with whom you no longer socialize and delete posts you no longer want out there.
  6. Review and realign your privacy and security settings on your favorite social media accounts.
  7. Be thoughtful about what you post about others.
  8. Keep up on new ways for staying safer and more secure online.
  9. Make sure your router has a strong password and does not identify who you are.
  10. Create a “guest network” for all of your Internet-connected devices.

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