October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Thanks to recent advances in technology, it’s has become easier to post, share and connect with others online.

Unfortunately, this accessibility has led us to be more susceptible to fraudulent offers and criminal activity.

President Trump recently declared October to be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

This is a great opportunity to review your online habits and make sure you are safeguarding your information.

Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission:

  • Update Your Software: Outdated software is easier for criminals to break into. Keeping your software up to date helps protect against the latest threats.
  • Protect Your Personal Information: When asked for your personal information, think about why this person might need it and whether you can trust their request.
  • Protect Your Passwords: Use strong, unpredictable passwords with at least 10 characters. Don’t use the same password for different accounts, don’t share your passwords, and if you write one down, keep it out of plain sight.
  • Consider Turning On Two-Factor Authentication: For accounts that support it, two-factor authentication requires both your password and an additional piece of information to log in to your account.
  • Give Personal Information Over Encrypted Websites Only: If you’re shopping or banking online, stick to sites that use encryption to protect your information as it travels from your computer to their server.
  • Back Up Your Files: Copy your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. If your computer is attacked by malware, you will still have access to your files.

For more tips on safeguarding your information online, visit the FTC website.

P.S. My office held a Fight Fraud workshop in Macon. Learn more about it here.