October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

GEHA | October 3, 2019

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes with these helpful tips.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but every day your information could end up in the wrong hands. This could lead to your identity being stolen or for other criminal gain. You can help protect yourself and those around you by following a few simple tips.

Be discreet

When you are out in public, remove your work badge or ID.

Protect your devices

Be sure to lock your computer if you step away from it while at work. Your smartphone, laptop and tablet should be password protected. Enhance security by creating a unique password for each device.

Stay up-to-date

Run or install software updates when they become available. Scan your computer for viruses regularly.

Discard appropriately

Dispose of personal information properly. Shredding documents is an effective way of protecting personal information.

Be tight-lipped

Only share personal or pertinent information with people who have the need or authority to receive that information.

Get training

Participate in any cybersecurity training your workplace offers.

It’s important to understand your digital platform. With internet-based devices present in every aspect of our lives, potential cybersecurity threats are present. Understanding the devices and applications you use daily will help keep you and your information secure. Apply additional layers of security to your devices to better protect your information. Every click, post, share and like creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.  


Source:

“National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Tool Kit.” National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, 2019, niccs.us-cert.gov/.