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It's National Cyber Security Awareness Month! What Should You Do?

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Category: IT@MC

Published: Oct 4 2012 12:00AM

<b>STOP! - THINK! - CONNECT!</b>

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, a good time to review what we can all do to protect the information that we handle each day at the College and in our personal lives. Click on the link below for some security focused computing best practices, which are sure to help you keep the personal in personal information.

<b>Keep a Clean Machine. </b> <ul> <li>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.</li><li>Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that's an available option.</li><li>Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.</li><li>Plug & scan: "USBs" and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.</li></ul>
<b>Protect Your Personal Information.</b><ul><li>Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.</li><li>Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.</li><li>Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.</li><li>Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that's stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.</li><li>Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It's ok to limit how and with whom you share information.</li></ul>
<b>Connect with Care.</b><ul><li>When in doubt, throw it out: Links in e-mail, 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 mail.</li><li>Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.</li> <li>Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.</li></ul>
<b>Be Web Wise.</b><ul><li>Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.</li><li>Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.</li><li>Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.</li></ul>
<b>Be a Good Online Citizen.</b><ul><li>Safer for me more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.</li><li>Post only about others as you have them post about you.</li><li>Help the authorities fight cybercrime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to (Internet Crime Complaint Center), the Federal Trade Commission at</li> </ul><align center>Visit for more information.

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