Cyber Security Awareness
Tips to Stay Safe Online
- Maintaining the latest security patches, anti-virus and malware protection, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against online threats. Up-to-Date software and protection keep your computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, and other web‐enabled devices away from viruses and malware.
- USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Be sure to scan it with your security software before use.
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone. Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to increase complexity of your password. A separate password for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals.
- Hyperlinks and attachments in email and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete these emails or attachments.
- Always conduct your transactions through a secured connection. Look for web addresses with “https://” as a secured connection to the service.
- Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offering that sounds too good to be true, or an inquiry of your personal information. Protect your valuable files such as music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic backup.