With Americans spending a tremendous amount of time connected to technology – as much as 12 hours a day – it’s more critical than ever to secure your interconnected devices.
We’ve all taken notice that the bad guys are getting better at stealing personal information from unsuspecting victims. The ways that they are doing this can be highly sophisticated but there are several simple steps you can take to help stay safe and more secure online.
As Week 2 of NCSAM 2019 begins, we want to remind you that personal accountability is key. Below are some tried and true tips to better safeguard your digital profile. Taking a few proactive steps will indeed help to enhance your cyber safety and security at home, at work and while out and about.
- Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: Consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible. Get creative and customize your standard passphrase for different sites, which can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach. Use password managers to generate and remember a different, complex passphrase for each of your accounts. Learn more about best practices for securing online accounts.
- Double Your Login Protection: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media and any other service that requires logging in.
- Update Privacy Settings: Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don’t know where to find them? Use the direct links shared on NCSA’s manage your privacy tool to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.
- Shop Safe Online: A good place to start is to conduct research. When using a new website for purchases, read reviews and see if other consumers have had a positive experience with the site. Once you have made a buying decision, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Lastly, be sure to make safe payment options: use a credit cards because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn’t delivered or isn’t what was ordered. Find tips on being a safe and secure shopper here.
- Always Play Hard To Get With Strangers: Cybercriminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you’re unsure who an email or message is from ̶ even if the details appear accurate ̶ or if the email looks “phishy,” do NOT respond and do NOT click on any links or attachments found in that email. When available use the “junk” or “block” option to no longer receive messages from a particular sender. Avoid getting hooked by a cybercriminal with these phishing tips.
Resources from NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
- NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ program has free webinars featuring top cybersecurity experts. You can watch the following online:
- CISA has created NCSAM guides and tip sheets to help you Secure IT.:
Resources from NCSA’s Board Member Companies
- Cofense is providing fun, free educational resources and powerful tools this NCSAM. They’ll help remind employees that every little bit helps when it comes to fighting phishing and staying secure at work.
- Facebook, in collaboration with NCSA, created a video featuring tips on how to secure your business page on Facebook.
- Google has a free and engaging phishing quiz to test your knowledge and phish-spotting skills.
- Infosec is offering a 30-day free trial of their cybersecurity awareness training. Whether you’re new to cybersecurity or a seasoned professional, they want to help you improve your skills and take the next step in your career in helping to secure the internet.
- Mimecast’s, Human Error brings poor security behaviors to the American people. Watch Kelvin Coleman set the record straight in this video.
Resources from NCSA’s Partners
- The Federal Trade Commission’s Cybersecurity for Small Business portal offers articles and advice specifically for small and medium-sized organizations on Secure IT. topics such as phishing, business email imposter scams, email authentication and more. Vea esta página en español
- Habitu8’s is featuring two NCSAM videos on passwords. The first video provides tips on password strategy that can work for any individual or organization. The second video is a humorous take on bad passwords that is sure to make you laugh.
- Telesign’s “Turn It On” website provides step-by-step instructions for adding MFA to your accounts. There is also the option to search for the websites and services you use to see if they provide MFA as a security feature.