#CyberAware: Conduct a “digital spring cleaning” – and test your cyber IQ

Apr 10, 2017 4:35pm


CyberAware newsletter

#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you clear out cyber clutter and test your online safety knowledge, information about tools you can use to protect children online and recent online safety news.

 springTimely Resources from NCSA

  • Take your spring cleaning online! NCSA and the Better Business Bureau encourage families to get their online lives in order by conducting a thorough cleanse of their digital lives. A NCSA survey found that preventing identity theft is a top safety concern for Americans, and just as you clean up your home, you should keep a tidy online presence and safely dispose of old electronic data and devices. Here are our top, trouble-free tips that everyone should follow this spring.
    • We’ve also created a digital spring cleaning video that covers the top tips. Take a look!
    • Want more advice? Tune in to a Twitter chat hosted by @STOPTHNKCONNECT on Thursday, April 20, at 3 p.m. EDT – experts will discuss how both consumers and businesses can be safer online this spring. Use #ChatSTC to join!
  • knowledgeHow much do you know about cybersecurity?: Pew Research Center recently created a quiz to measure the public’s knowledge of basic cyber concepts. Despite cybersecurity’s growing presence in the news, most internet users surveyed were unable to correctly answer half of the 13 questions. Find out how cyber-savvy you are by taking the quiz yourself– and encourage friends and family to take it, too! After you’ve completed the quiz, compare your scores with the general public and learn more about each key cybersecurity topic.
    • Plus, check out NCSA Executive Director’s Q&A with Pew about the study and Americans’ cyber know-how here.
New Blog Post: A Guide to Essential Tools to Keep Your Children Safe Online
Just being security-conscious isn’t enough when it comes to protecting kids online; there are tools you can use on your own and with your children to help protect them and their personal information. Here are some tools that can help you make the internet a safer place for your kids

Online Safety in the News

  • seniorsAre you a senior citizen, or do you live with or help care for one? In an always-advancing digital age, anyone can be a target of cybercrime, but seniors may be especially vulnerable to scam attempts over the phone and online. The Hallmark Channel’s recent video highlights Home Instead Senior Care and NCSA’s advice for protecting seniors from online scams – check it out and share with your loved ones.
  • Emma Watson explains why she won’t take selfies with fans: Movie star Emma Watson, who is often approached by fans hoping to snap a photo with her, recently revealed that she turns down selfie requests as a way to protect her personal information and avoid revealing too much about where and with whom she is at all times. Learn how you can take a page out of Watson’s playbook and be mindful about the photos you post on social media and consider what they reveal before sharing. 

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