#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re highlighting ways to shop safely online during the holiday season, how you can get involved in Data Privacy Day 2018 and what to do before downloading a new app for your kids, along with recent online safety news.
Timely Resources From NCSA
- Happy Online Holiday Shopping: Whether you are giving the gift of connectivity this winter or using it yourself, don’t let hackers mess with the merriment. In this new tip sheet, NCSA reminds everyone that all devices connected to the internet – including mobile and Internet of Things – must be protected. And young people receiving technology for the first time need to understand how to use it safely and securely. In addition, older adults must make it their mission to continue to learn about and practice good cyber hygiene.
- Data Privacy Day 2018 – How to Get Involved: Data Privacy Day – coming up on Jan. 28 – is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Creating a global community that respects privacy, safeguards data and enables trust begins with you! This infographic highlights STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™‘s simple, actionable advice you can use to educate your family about privacy at home – and share in the community, too.
New Blog Posts
- Health Information Privacy – Why Should We Care?: You’ve likely heard recent headlines about major data breaches of personal information and similar cyber incidents, from the theft of 145 million records from a major credit reporting agency to reports about ransomware shutting down businesses. But of all the data at risk, a breach of our health information is probably the most concerning. Experts from the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee discuss why your health data is so important to protect and what to consider before sharing it online.
- Seven Questions to Ask Before Downloading a New App for Your Kids: Not all apps are created equal! In the interest of student safety, privacy and cybersecurity and providing a beneficial learning environment, it’s important to evaluate each app before downloading it. Learn seven important questions to ask yourself before downloading a new app for your kids to use.
Online Safety in the News
- Getting Your Money Back From Western Union: Did you lose money to a scammer who had you pay using Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017? If so, you can now ask for your money back – but you must file your claim before Feb. 12, 2018. Learn more about these refunds and what you can do in the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer blog.
- Why Do Facebook Hoaxes Often Ask You to Copy, Paste and Modify, Rather Than to Share?: Many fraudulent Facebook posts and scams ask people not to re-share them but to instead copy and paste the text into new posts and/or add their own thoughts and comments. Inc. reporter Joseph Steinberg shares four reasons why hoaxers reap more benefits from this type of sharing.
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Be a Part of Something Big – Become a Champion of Data Privacy Day 2018
Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
The Data Privacy Day Champion program is a way for everyone to get involved –including organizations and individuals. Take action and join the greater effort by registering as a Champion; it’s easy to sign up and does not require any financial support. As a Champion you will receive privacy and online safety updates, information about upcoming events leading up to Data Privacy Day and a privacy awareness toolkit. Register today!
Mark Your Calendar for Our Next Twitter Chat!
The holidays are approaching, and many of us are buying gifts, traveling and spending time with our friends and family. As you get in the holiday spirit, it’s also important to remember to keep online safety and privacy in mind. This #ChatSTC Twitter chat will discuss how you can protect yourself and your information and make online safety part of the conversation. Use #ChatSTC to join!