National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), now running for the 14th year in a row, and while many activities are focused on families and employees in America, we can all take this opportunity to have a look at our own online habits and privacy!

Online security has hit the headlines more regularly in the last year, with massive data breaches seeing passwords published online, hacks into election campaign servers, huge ransomware and malware attacks on large businesses and government organizations, and more.

But what can you do to tune-up your own online security and to help others become more aware of the issues? There is no central entity that takes care of our online security – it’s our shared responsibility, and everyone must take on a role and protect their corner of the internet.

 

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™

The underlying message of all of the NCSAM encourages everyone to actively take control of their online security:

STOP: Make sure your security measures are in place when online.
THINK: What are the consequences of your online behaviour? Are you being tracked and your personal information sold?
CONNECT: After the first two steps, then plug in and enjoy using the internet.

Each week there are new prompts for you to look at your and your children’s online security, and the cybersecurity in your workplace.

Here are some tasks that will help you improve #CyberSecurity:

Week 1: Basics of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™

Think about your online habits and have a chat with your children about theirs.

  • Strengthen your passwords everywhere: Use two-factor authentication and don’t reuse passwords.
  • Make regular backups.
  • Protect your personal information, purchase history and browsing habits: search with a private search engine like Findx, and install tracking blockers in your browser.
  • Use a virus scanner and don’t click on any link if you aren’t sure.
  • Check your privacy settings on social media and think about how others may perceive what you just wrote, before you post it!

Week 2: Cybersecurity in the workplace

Encourage your co-workers to strengthen their passwords and think about who you and your coworkers share sensitive information with. Here is a great collection of resources that can help you tighten your company’s cybersecurity.

  • Identify what sensitive and personal data your business actually stores
  • Build up some protection with backups, firewalls and good password hygiene.
  • Implement detection to know when someone has infiltrated your digital space, and have a plan ready to deal with it.

Week 3: The cutting-edge cybersecurity

It’s easy to look at breaches and malware attacks in older, less protected technology. But what about emerging technologies? Consider the implications of newly developed devices, especially in the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices. The other top two growing threats that everyone faces are identity theft and ransomware.

  • Learn how to protect IoT devices and wearables, and don’t purchase insecure devices.
  • Check security and privacy settings on all devices, your home wifi and all online accounts.
  • No longer using an app? Delete it!
  • Use privacy aware apps, like the Findx mobile apps which lets you search on the go, always in private.

Week 4: Help others tune-up their online privacy and security

  • Volunteer at school, work or in your community to help others become more aware of their online privacy.
  • Consider a career in cybersecurity – it’s an area that’s growing in importance as more things come online.

When you improve your online privacy and help others do the same, you make the online world more secure overall.

Want to join in the conversation on Twitter? Follow the hashtag: #ChatSTC every Thursday in October at 7pm GMT.

Privacore is a Champion of NCSAM

It was a no-brainer to sign up as a champion of this event – after all, we promote online privacy and ethical data practices every day!

We help you protect your online privacy with our independent, private search engine Findx. You can now add Findx to your browser with add-ons available for the popular browsers, and search in private by default. Plus you can download the Findx apps for your mobile devices.

For more information about NCSAM, please visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam –