Protecting Yourself Online

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cyber security. We want to help protect our members by providing some useful tips and advice to help keep you and your personal information safe from potential cyber crime or identity theft.

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE
• Make sure your security software, web browser and operating system are all up-to-date and current.
• Protect all devices that connect to the Internet, such as smart phones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices.
• Use security software to scan external devices and USBs. They can often be infected by viruses and malware.

PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
• Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create strong passwords. Use separate passwords for every account.
• Keep your list of passwords stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
• Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your own comfort level for information sharing.

CONNECT WITH CARE
• If a link in an email, tweet, post or online advertising looks suspicious, delete it or if it's appropriate, mark it as junk email.
• Be cautious with public wi-fi. Limit the type of business you conduct while on a public wi-fi network.
• When banking or shopping online, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://,” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.

BE WEB WISE
• Stay up-to-date with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, such as the sites listed at the bottom of this page.
• Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.
• Back up your important documents, work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

BE A GOOD ONLINE CITIZEN
• What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
• Report stolen finances, identities and cyber crime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center Internet Crime Complaint Center and The FTC.

Using these tips can help you and your family stay safe online and reduce the risk of potential cyber crime. For more cyber security resources, visit:

StaySafeOnline.org

Stop. Think. Connect.

Cyber Security: Department of Homeland Security

Identity Theft Resource Center

Free Security Check-Ups and Tools