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NCSAM is October!


 

Lock Down Your Login

 

Usernames & passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like banking, email & social media.

Better secure your online accounts with strong authentication (2-factor, multi-factor).

Create unique passwords for every account.

Use a password manager to save them securely. 

 

https://lockdownyourlogin.org/strong-authentication
https://staysafeonline.org/resource/stop-think-connect-tips-passwords-securing-accounts

 

 


Own Your Online Presence

 

Actively manage your privacy & security settings to control who see the things you post online.

Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Be thoughtful about who gets that information & how it is collected.

Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for sharing.

Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.

Understand what information your devices collect and how it’s managed and stored.

 

https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/own-your-online-presence

 


Keep a Clean Machine

 

Having the latest security software & operating system is the best defense against cyber threats.

Have a recent backup of your data means you can retrieve your files if you fall victim to ransomware.

Research how to keep a device secure before purchasing & take steps to safeguard your device over time.

Delete apps that are no longer interesting or useful to you.  

 

https://www.stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/keep-a-clean-machine-campaign
https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/keep-a-clean-machine/spam-and-phishing

 


When in Doubt, Throw it Out

 

If an email/post/ad looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete/mark as spam or report as a phishing email.

Links in emails, posts & ads are often how criminals try to steal info, don’t click on links and go to the site directly.

Attachments can contain malicious software that can infect your computer, don’t open.

 

https://staysafeonline.org/staysafe-online/online-safety-basics/spam-and-phishing/