#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for parents – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you protect the family’s smart devices at home and on the go and talk to your kids about cybersecurity careers along with recent online safety news.
Timely Resources from NCSA and Friends
- NCSA’s Parent Primer for Guiding Kids to Careers in Cybersecurity: A recent Raytheon/NCSA survey found that 40 percent of 18- to 26-year-olds internationally considered their parents primary sources of career advice, but only 22 percent said they were “very confident” their parents could guide them in pursuing cybersecurity careers. With this in mind, NCSA created a user-friendly guide with tips on how you can help teach your children and kids in the community about cybersecurity careers.
- New ESET/NCSA Survey Explores the Internet of (Stranger) Things: From the fitness or media gadgets we wear or carry to connected cars to the app-controlled appliances and toys at home, smart technologies have become an integral part of our daily lives. A new survey and accompanying infographic examine consumers’ connected device use, habits and attitudes on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The survey found that 88 percent of consumers have thought about how IoT devices can be accessed by hackers and 36 percent said they are “very concerned” about the privacy and security implications of “smart toys” and more. Read the findings, check out the infographic and learn NCSA’s tips for navigating your continuously connected life.
- Lock Down Your Login: Seventy-two percent of Americans believe their accounts are secure with only usernames and passwords, yet every two seconds there is another victim of identity fraud. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to keep your accounts secure. Check out the new Lock Down Your Login video, share it with your kids and friends and help educate people about how they can take steps to be safer and more secure on their online accounts.
New Blog Post: New Data Reveals Two-Thirds of Global Consumers Have Experienced Tech Support Scams
If you or your family members haven’t experienced a tech support scam yet, chances are you know someone who has. A new Microsoft survey discusses these popular scams to which kids and adults of all ages can fall victim. Nearly 1 in 10 consumers have lost money to a tech support scam and the most common victim experience is through software downloads or visits to malicious websites. Check out Microsoft’s guest blog post about the survey and this infographic on tech support scams and how you and your family can avoid them.
Online Safety in the News
- On Friday, Oct. 21, a large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attackknocked out a host of popular websites and apps and caused major outages throughout the day. It was later revealed that the attack was aided by hackers taking over IoT devices like smart speakers, DVRs and baby monitors whose default passwords had never been changed. NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser wrote a Huffington Post blog that discusses how you can protect your – and your family’s – “Internet of Me” in the wake of the attack and keep smart home devices safe.
- After mega-celebrity Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in October, Billboard talked to NCSA about the digital implications of theft. Smartphones are valuable not just to stars like Kardashian West, but to all of us because they contain personal information about us and our loved ones. Learn how the new Lock Down Your Login campaign, a STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ initiative, can help you safeguard your phone from cyberthieves.
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