October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance, aimed at creating security awareness among individuals at work, home or while remote.

 This October will mark the 16th anniversary of NCSAM and the theme for this year is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” It’s focused on encouraging accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy and drawing attention to careers in cybersecurity.

Own IT

  • It is very important to limit access to digital accounts by updating the ‘Privacy Settings’. With many people failing to understand the importance of privacy, this can leave their personal details visible to cybercriminals.
  • Never give sensitive details to unknown sources or to posts that look appealing. Cybercriminals often create these posts to lure visitors to steal their data.
  • Keep tabs on your apps and uninstall the ones which are no longer in use. This is the best practice for device applications.

Secure IT

  • Creating the longest, most creative passwords and turning on authentication for social media and financial accounts are some common practices that must be followed to secure your online accounts. Consider using password managers to generate and remember different complex passwords for each of the accounts.
  • Play hard to get by knowing how to spot and avoid phishing emails. This increases your awareness of what’s coming into your email inbox.

Protect IT

  • If You Connect, You Must Protect: Every click, share, send and post create a digital imprint that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Review your security settings to find out how visible you are to others to avoid having your data stolen.
  • Use a VPN when connecting to public Wi-Fi to prevent threat actors from pilfering data from the device.
  • Organizations responsible for collecting and handling data, on the other hand, should implement the best security measures to keep customer/consumer data and information safe.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an ideal time to become cyber aware both at work and at home. For more details, click here.

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