Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Since 2003 the month of October has been assigned as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 

It’s a campaign in the Homeland Security website dedicated to this topic https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

The slogan goes as STOP | THINK | CONNECT  but, I rather say  STOP | THINK  BEFORE CLICK OR ACCEPT 

Nowadays the majority of all our interactions at the personal and business level are connected with the internet in one way or another.

It’s really important that we take care of our information how we share and store it.   Most of the cyber attack has occurred because people have not being careful, for example:  have a computer with no password or a weak password that everybody knows, not using antivirus, not updating your computer, leave your equipment unattended and open in a public space.  Connect to Open Wifi and not using any type of data security (Encryption).  All of these can make you  a victim of a cyber attack.

Here are a quick reminders  for you:

  • Make sure you use complex passwords, I know you don’t like because it’s hard to remember,  but you can do this type of combination:  il0vemyd0g$# it’s not hard and it’s better than 123456.  Be creative!
  • Change your  passwords every 45 days
  • Do NOT  write your password in a stick note and place it in front of the computer or under the keyboard. Instead  use a secure method like a password manager software for that.
  • Do NOT  open emails, links or attachments from people that you don’t know.  If you’re not sure it’s better to be safe than sorry. 
  • Do NOT  install or connect any device or software to your computer network until make sure you know what it’s and  it’s clear from virus.  A  very common example are USB sticks or download software from non secure places of the internet .
  • Make SURE you have a good and reliable back up of all your data.  In that way, you can retrieve information if it’s needed.  Your information is valuable treat like that.  Take the time to do backups of your computer and phone.

There is more information and steps you can take to make sure your home or business network  are protected and secured.

Get a free consultation with us and we’d love to help you with that!

Embrace Technology & Keep moving forward!

Ivette Kislinger,

Simplifying Telecommunications & IT Solutions

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