October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October marks National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As many of us have seen and experienced, the Internet has grown in popularity during the past decade with users turning to it to complete a variety of tasks including emailing, information research, social networking, online gaming and business transactions.  Unfortunately the increased use of the Internet has also made its users vulnerable and prone to becoming victims of identity theft, fraud and malicious crime threats through hacking, spyware, virus infections, cyber bullying and other attacks.  With so many users now connected to this world wide web of information, a malicious action of one could potentially affect many.  Because of this, all Internet users are encouraged to become good cyber-citizens by following safe, secure, and ethical online behaviors.

This month we are sharing with you tips and information on how to stay safe and be a well-informed Internet user. 

Protecting Your Privacy

Do-it-yourself:  How to clean an infected computer

Tired of remembering multiple passwords? Use a password safe.

Online Transaction Safety Tips

The National Cybersecurity Alliance and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have more information cybersecurity efforts and how you can take part in this “Shared Responsibility”. 

We encourage you to practice good cyber security habits, which is essential to protecting your computer systems and potentially your physical safety. Help raise cyber security awareness by sharing the tips you found useful with others.