October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to make sure to protect your loved ones, your business and yourself from a host of increasing cyber threats. Here is a sampling of advice from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help protect you online:
- In the digital age, keeping your children safe requires vigilance. Review security settings and privacy policies to make sure the websites your children frequently visit are age-appropriate.
- Watch changes in behavior. Children who suddenly avoid the computer or smartphone could indicate they are victims of online bullying.
- Use two-factor authentication, such as one-time PINs texted to your smartphone, with your passwords.
- Make your passwords stronger, using upper and lowercase letters with numbers and characters.
- Use up-to-date software that keeps you safe from viruses and malware.
- Don’t get caught in a phishing attack. Even when an email looks like it is from your bank or credit card company, call them or access their website directly instead of clicking on the email link.