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NCSAMThe Internet is a shared resource, and securing it is our shared responsibility. Here are some tips to help you better protect the online lives of yourselves and your family:


LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN.

Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools – like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device – whenever offered. 


KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE.


Keep all software on internet connected devices – including personal computers, smartphones and tablets – current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware.


WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.

Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cyber criminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk.


BACK IT UP.

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup. 


OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE.

Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It is OK to limit how and with whom you share information.


SHARE WITH CARE

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.


PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT.

Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices.


This information is provided courtesy of the National Cyber Security Alliance as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam.



Posted by Paul Lavelle  On Oct 25, 2017 at 9:18 AM
  
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Passwords can be inconvenient, but they’re important if you want to keep your information safe.

Protecting your personal information starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: take security precautions, think about the consequences of your actions online and enjoy the Internet with peace of mind.Here are some simple ways to secure your accounts through better password practices.

MAKE YOUR PASSWORD A SENTENCE

A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces!

UNIQUE ACCOUNT, UNIQUE PASSWORD

Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.

WRITE IT DOWN AND KEEP IT SAFE

Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. You can alternately use a service like a password manager to keep track of your passwords.

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN

Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.

This information is provided courtesy of the National Cyber Security Alliance as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam.
Posted by Paul Lavelle  On Oct 16, 2017 at 2:27 PM
  


The Digital Domain

NCSAM BannerIt seems that almost every week there is another story in the media about a large company who has reported  their systems have been compromised, and that their customers' personal and sensitive information are at risk. The Equifax compromise is but one of many in the past year alone, and by and far the largest. 

It's not just the corporate world that needs to worry about protecting their information, however. You and I, everyone as individuals, need to be concerned about protecting our own information as well. Each day, criminals are looking for ways to profit from everyday people through cyber crime.

To help educate the community on the dangers of cyber crime, the City of Fountain is joining with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to promote October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Celebrating its 14th year, the theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is that of cyber security being "our shared responsibility", underlining the critical role that everyone has in protecting their information in the online world. Throughout the month, we will be sharing tips and information on how to protect yourselves, your families, and your businesses from cyber crime, through this blog, and through our presence on Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more information on this event, along with tips on how to protect your online lives, please visit the NCSAM website and have a look at the resources they offer.



Posted by Paul Lavelle  On Oct 04, 2017 at 4:23 PM