October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
- Sharing passwords or phrases only hurts the user. Keep this information private and do not share it with co-workers or colleagues.
- For your protection, do not write passwords down on small pieces of paper or tape them to your computer. Also, remember to change your passwords regularly.
- Think about using a pass phrase instead of a password. Substitute similar symbols for characters. !luVf!s^ = I love fish.
- Access to “free” wireless networks is easy and convenient to use. However, be careful and only use encrypted wireless networks as they offer higher levels of protection.
- Avoid “free” downloads for screensavers, surveys or online club registrations as they can include hidden spyware programs.
- Reboot your computer at least once a month.
- Research shows that email attachments remain the primary means by which worms and viruses propagate. Opening attachments from unknown sources is not smart.
- If you receive an email asking for your account credentials (account name and password), delete it immediately. By responding, you can easily put your identity in jeopardy and may become a victim of identity theft.