It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Are you active online? Do you update your Facebook status or post new pictures on Instagram? Like to do your shopping online? The National Cyber Security Alliance wants to remind you that any time you share information online, it is a potential doorway for a variety of criminals, including, but not limited to perpetrators of identity theft, home robbery and fraud.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)– #CyberAware – and was created by government and industry to help safeguard Americans by providing the information needed to stay safer online. 2016 marks the 13th annual NCSAM, co-founded and co-led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). NCSA is the United States’ leading nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity education and awareness. Data shows that more than one-third of U.S. consumers have tackled a computer virus, been a victim of a hacking incident or other form of cyber-attack in the last year. Cybercrime is an ongoing challenge and NCSA and DHS work year round to encourage awareness about internet safety and being responsible online.
At Walkingspree, we encourage people to be more physically active. We know that many of you are also very active online. This month we’re encouraging you to be actively responsible with your online security precautions. Take some time to review how secure your information is and also talk with your children and the elderly about being safe online.
The NCSA has a comprehensive website with extensive resources focused on staying safe online. Topics range from preventing your personal accounts from being hacked to cutting down on spam to protecting your business from cybercrime and more. You’ll also find resources on how to teach cyber security to different age groups. This is a great resource for parents of young children. You can find this information on the NCSA website.
There are some great tip sheets located on the website and you may want to save and send some around to your friends or to co-workers. The following tip sheet on mobile safety tips is short and sweet example of these resources.