#CyberAware is a monthly newsletter – created for families – by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing resources to help you be a cyber-safe holiday shopper, protect your – and your kids’ – personal information and join the greater effort this Data Privacy Day along with recent online safety news.
Timely Resources from NCSACyber Safe Holiday Shopping Resource: ‘Tis the season for online gift buying! The National Retail Federation forecasts an increase in online holiday sales this year between 7 and 10 percent over last year – to as much as $117 billion. Additionally, high-tech connected devices, such as fitness trackers, video cameras and wearables, are on wish lists and gift guides like never before. NCSA’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ campaign recommends following some basic safety and security advice when shopping online and navigating the digital marketplace for a safe, secure and enjoyable holiday season.
- Your Personal Information is Like Money. Value it. Protect it.: Learn to understand how your information is collected, managed and used by connected devices and take steps to safeguard your personal information. Check out our infographic to learn about managing your privacy in your “always-on” life.
New Blog Posts From StaySafeOnline.org
- Hackers Love the Holidays, Too: Each year, the personal information and identities of millions of Americans are used fraudulently. Last year, fraudsters claimed approximately $15 billion from 13.1 million people. With the shopping season well underway, hackers are cooking up schemes to secure their own holiday cheer. Don’t get too caught up in the holiday frenzy and ignore basic security guidelines while you shop online. Karen Cruz, brand manager for Cloudbric, shares four top tips.
- The Technology Transition – How to Introduce Your Child to Their New Device: Digital devices are flying off the shelves and being gifted to all members of the family. Which bodes the question: how do you introduce your child to their new device? Here are a few ways to bring up internet safety before handing a new device over to your child.
Online Safety in the News
- 3 Ways to Boost Your Family’s Online Security This Holiday: Visiting with relatives over the holidays? Along with strategically avoiding political conversations, it’s a perfect time to help your family members better understand their personal digital security. WIRED shares three quick, easy security upgrades you can use to help relatives stay safe in cyberspace.
- 4 Cybersecurity Predictions (and Tips!) for Online Holiday Shopping Season 2016: Beyond the obvious influx of can’t-miss deals and unbelievable promotions, gift-hunting shoppers can expect to encounter a few new tricks, threats and trends. In a Huffington Post blog, NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser shares four #CyberAware predictions for the 2016 holiday shopping season and some online safety tips.
- How to be smarter than the gadgets in your home this holiday season: More than a third of holiday gift-givers plan to purchase connected device for friends and family – and they now have a better understanding than ever of the risks that are involved. MarketWatch highlights consumers’ growing awareness levels about cyber risks, basic security steps to take and the demand for products and services with strong security features. Join the Greater Effort This Data Privacy Day
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. Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Become a DPD Champion: Help your family and community 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. Sign up today!
- Join the discussion in the #ChatSTC Twitter chat series: @STOPTHNKCONNECT is hosting three Twitter chats leading up to Jan. 28 to discuss privacy and online safety and share tips and resources. Our next one is this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST. Join using the hashtag #ChatSTC to discuss how you can be #PrivacyAware this holiday shopping season. Learn more about all upcoming chats here.
- Watch the DPD 2017 event: On Thursday, Jan. 26, NCSA will host a daylong event LIVE from Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco featuring panels, TED-style talks and interviews focusing on the latest privacy issues for consumers and business. The event will be available online for the world to watch. A limited number of in-person tickets will be available. Stay tuned for more details! Additionally, we want to hear from you! Tell us which privacy topics you want to learn about at the Data Privacy Day event by completing this brief poll.
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