Are you surfing the web safely? When was the last time you thought about whether your online activities are exposing you to a serious cyber security risk?
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month and the Department of Homeland Security, together with industry partners, is heading a concentrated effort to raise public awareness for issues of cyber security through the Stop. Think. Connect. campaign.
Stop. Think. Connect. seeks to raise awareness for cyber security threats and inform web users how to browse the web safely. As part of this initiative, Internet users are reminded to:
- STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
- THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact you or your family’s safety.
- CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
(Provided by StopThinkConnect.org)
One of the most important steps you can take for web security is to create strong passwords for your different online accounts. Your passwords should combine letters, numbers and symbols, but not include any personal names or other commonly known information. Use different passwords for each account, and be sure to periodically change your passwords.
It’s important to regularly monitor your personal accounts by keeping a close eye on bank and credit card transactions, along with checking email and social media accounts for suspicious messages or attachments from unknown senders. Be aware of your different accounts’ privacy settings to limit the amount of personal information you are posting online.
Follow your operating system and browser’s requests for security updates to ensure you have the most up-to-date protection against digital threats. You should also plan on using security software to scan all external devices for virus or malware infections.
We recognize the importance of practicing safe behaviors online all year long, which is why we are proud to offer a suite of web security and data protection tools to our customers through Frontier Secure. For additional security tips and information on how to protect your digital life, visit SafeGuardCentral.com, the official blog of Frontier Secure.