#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for families – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).
This month, we’re sharing resources to help you and your family have a safer and more secure 2017 along with recent online safety news and important information to help protect your social media accounts. You can also join in the greater effort this Data Privacy Day by becoming a Champion.
Timely Resources from NCSA
- 5 Digital To Dos to Help You and Your Family Stay Safer and More Secure in 2017: The New Year offers a chance to reflect and consider what's ahead. Just as you promise to keep a keen eye on your finances and/or improve your health and fitness in the coming year, do the same with your personal information. Information about you and your family has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected by apps and websites. Better manage your privacy in 2017 by following these tried and true tips – and check out our new video!
Online Safety in the News
- Yahoo customer service scam: Speaking of tech support scams...need to contact Yahoo customer care? There are a few ways to do so, but Yahoo warns that phone is not one of them. The Federal Trade Commission discusses a recent scam in which consumers are directed to call fake customer support centers and asked to pay for their services. Learn how to protect yourself from falling victim to these and other tech support scams.
- Save money filing taxes this New Year – and protect yourself from identity fraud: The start of 2017 means that tax season is right around the corner and that you may receive a much-needed tax refund in the coming months. For fraudsters, however, the start of 2017 also marks the beginning of tax identity theft season. Fraud.org explains what tax ID fraud is, how it works and the steps you can take to help reduce your risk.
- Social media security is not just for kids: how safe are your profiles?: We often hear about the online risks faced by kids, and the UK’s Children’s Commissioner recently released a report calling for clearer terms and conditions for the rights kids may be signing away when they post content on social media. However, adults can benefit from some online safety and privacy education as well. Naked Security shares some tips for checking the security and privacy of your social media accounts that can help kids and parents alike.
Join the Greater Effort This Data Privacy Day – Become a DPD Champion
Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an international effort held annually on January 28 to help everyone understand the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
Help your family and community learn the importance of protecting personal information by registering yourself as a Champion; it’s a free, easy way to get involved. As a Champion you’ll receive privacy and online safety updates, information about upcoming events and a privacy awareness toolkit of resources to help you spread the word and educate your family. Sign up today!
Participate In These Upcoming Online Safety and Privacy Events
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Managing Your Privacy in the Internet of Me
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m. EST/noon PST
Today, we are more connected than ever before, and by 2020 more than 30.7 billion devices will be connected to the internet. Connected devices, which provide great convenience to our lives, are fueled by information about us, like our behaviors and preferences. Many of us may be unaware of how our information is being used, collected and shared. There are some things you can do to manage your privacy online. Join @STOPTHNKCONNECT and a panel of experts for a Twitter chat on managing your privacy in a growing “Internet of Me” world.
Live from Twitter HQ: Data Privacy Day Event 2017
Thursday, Jan. 26
Join the National Cyber Security Alliance to watch exciting TED-style talks, segments and interviews focusing on the latest privacy issues for consumers and business.
The event will be available online for the world to watch on Livestream, Periscope and Facebook Live. Not-to-be-missed segments include:
- Privacy and Connected Toys
- A New Approach for Cyber Safety Rules & The “Tech Talk” With Kids
- Growing Up Online and the Need for Teaching Privacy in Schools
Learn more and sign up to watch one or more of the talks here.
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