October is Cybersecurity Month

October is Cybersecurity Month

In October, ensure your personal information remains safeguarded against identity theft and data breaches. In observance of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, experts have compiled essential measures to fortify your protection against scammers.

Familiarize yourself with secure data transmission practices. In today's interconnected world, you'll often find yourself sharing information online, whether at home or work. It's vital to guarantee the safety of any data you transmit over the internet. This involves using encrypted apps, applying password protection to documents, and employing other security measures. Whatever approach you choose, prioritize the security of your online information.

Activate multi-factor authentication (MFA). Multi-factor authentication, also known as 2-factor authentication, requires more than just a password to access an account. Typically, this involves receiving a time-limited code via text message or email when attempting to log in. Mobile apps like Google Authenticator may also be utilized. MFA adds an extra layer of security to your account, even if your password is somehow compromised. Ensure that any accounts offering MFA have this option enabled to enhance your account security.

Employ strong and unique passwords. With the prevalence of account creation on various websites, creating strong passwords for each can be challenging. It may lead individuals to use the same password across multiple sites. Nevertheless, it remains crucial to employ robust, distinct passwords wherever they are required. A password manager can assist in managing your passwords by securely storing them, making it easier to use different passwords for each account.

Exercise caution against phishing attacks. Phishing attacks involve attempts to deceive you with seemingly legitimate communications, aiming to gain access to your data or compromise your computer network. Whenever you receive an email or text message containing a link, verify the sender's authenticity before clicking it. If you're uncertain about the sender's identity (and be attentive to email address typos, which may indicate an imposter), avoid clicking on any links in the email.

Keep your software up to date. Frequent software updates often address security vulnerabilities, either in response to new threats or by bolstering defenses against existing ones. Regularly updating all your software contributes to maintaining your information and system security.

For a more comprehensive guide on safeguarding yourself and your data, explore the resources provided by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). They offer guidance for consumers and businesses alike in the realm of cybersecurity.
With a husband in IT, this resonates with me! If you have questions about helping others- let’s chat!

Skye Leber

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