October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time when computer users are reminded to protect their identities and personal information while using the web. Here are some recommendations from STOPTHINKCONNECT.org for staying safe online.

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Most internet users know to protect their computers with security software, but smart phones, tablets, gaming systems, and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Make your password a sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”).
  • Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.

Learn more on how to protect your personal information at www.STOPTHINKCONNECT.org.