Security Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Security Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 1st, 2013

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Celebrating its 10th year, it is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

In honor of NCSAM, here is a list of security tips compiled from StaySafeOnline.org to help you maintain your privacy and keep your information more secure online.

Home
  • Delete your browsing history and “log out” when you are finished using a public computer. .
  • Don’t share personal or financial information over an unsecured network connection.
  • When conducting online transactions, look for websites with TRUSTe affiliations, the closed lock in the web browser’s address bar and an “s” in the URL address (“https://”), as this means the site has extra measures to help secure your information.“Http://” is not secure.
  • Cyber Criminals often use links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising to try to 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.
  • When available, 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.
  • Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
  • Know what personal information you share on social media, and manage your account’s privacy settings.
  • Create strong passwords for accounts and to lock your phone, tablet and computer.
  • Only download apps from reputable sources, like verified app stores. Understand what information (i.e., location, social networking profiles, etc.) the app would access and share before you download.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a two-way firewall, and update them all regularly. Regularly scan your computer for malware/virus. Download free software only from sites you know and trust. Enticing free software downloads frequently contain other software, including spyware.
  • Help your kids own their online presence: When available, set their privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing.
Business
  • Your company’s website should have a privacy policy that tells customers what information you collect and how you use it.
  • You should be aware of all the personal information you company has about your customers, where you’re storing it, how you are using it, who has access to it and how you protect it. Keep what you need and delete what you don’t.
  • It is important to implement a network firewall security to mitigate the outside threat of worms, Trojans, spyware, keyloggers and other modern malware.
  • With the use of personal devices in the workplace, a BYOD security strategy is paramount. Internal firewalls offer content filtering, application intelligence to block certain sites and control solutions to keep employees from using non business-critical apps. Network access control (NAC) solutions protect data/information from unauthorized users and granting appropriate role-based employee-user access and guest access.

How safe are you online? Try the Online Identity Risk Calculator at StaySafeOnline.org.

3 Comments
  1. Travis Bailey

    Accessing the Internet through a broadband or high speed Internet connection at home really enhances the online experience. However, broadband users should take extra precautions to secure their computer and their computer files. The speed at which information can be transferred to and from your computer and the fact that it stays connected to the Internet for long periods of time makes your it a more likely target for hackers than dial-up Internet users. By taking some basic precautions and using a few simple tools, you can do your part to protect cyberspace from hackers. At the same time, you’ll also protect your computer and your information from theft, misuse and destruction. Follow the below Tips, use the Tools, and, when necessary, Take Action. To the left, learn about the risks to you and the threats to cyber space.

  2. Carmen J. Small

    The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org for more information and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staysafeonline .

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