- On October 29, 2018
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- By Abbie Elliott
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October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a reminder to stay protected from real digital threats, such as malware and scammers. According to the NCSAM website, “NCSAM 2018 is a collective effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the nation during cyberthreats.”
Here are some quick guidelines that you can follow to stay safe online:
1. Keep your software updated.
If your software offers an automatic update option, take advantage of this feature. If your software is outdated, it makes it easy for unauthorized individuals to break into your computer and other devices.
2. Use multi-factor authentication, if available.
Multi-factor authentication requires something you know (such as a username and password), and something you have (such as a one-time passcode sent via text or mobile app), or something biometric (such as a fingerprint or iris pattern) in order to log in. This makes it much more difficult for malicious cyber actors to gain access to your account.
3. Ensure your passwords are strong, long, and complex.
It is important to create a password that has at least twelve characters, including lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and uppercase letters. You should always avoid common or obvious words or phrases. Lastly, do not use the same password for multiple accounts and change your passwords at least every 90 days.
4. Back up important files regularly.
No system is totally secure. You should periodically back up your files to a secure cloud system or create an offline copy on encrypted media. If your system is ever affected by ransomware, you’ll still have access to your files without paying the bad guys a ransom.
5. Always be cautious when opening email attachments and links.
Today’s most common attack vector is phishing and spear-phishing attacks, which are emails designed to trick users into clicking a link or opening an attachment that installs malware onto the users’ computer. Pay attention to details, such as grammar and spelling, and always ‘mouse-over’ links before clicking. If you have any doubt, call the person to verify if the email is legitimate. Remember to slow down, phishers want to instill a sense of urgency to entice you.
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