Pittsburgh, Pa. -- October 3, 2013 -- National Cyber Security Awareness Month is back this October and celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Since the creation of NCSAM, the need to ensure every American has the information to stay safe and secure online has grown tremendously. We live in a Internet-connected world. Cyber security helps us maximize the ability to grow commerce, community and content in our digital lives. The Better Business Bureau realizes the importance of connecting safely and has partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance on its STOP.THINK.CONNECT public awareness campaign. This simple message can teach us to take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of our actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
“Cyber security is a serious issue and it’s happening everywhere, including here in Western Pennsylvania,” said Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. "Taking a few easy steps to learn to protect yourself online can save you from unwanted personal and financial trouble down the road.”
With constantly expanding uses for tablets and smartphones, it’s important to protect your devices and the increasingly personal information stored on those devices from potential cyber criminals and thieves.
1. Keep up to date with software - Running the most recent version of a mobile operating system, security system, applications and Web browsers is the best defense against online threats and viruses.
2. Protect your information - When using an unsecured wireless connection, such as Wi-Fi in coffee shops and airports, avoid connecting to apps or websites that require you to enter a password. Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use to prevent outside parties from connecting to your device without your knowledge. Using a phone connection is safer than a Wi-Fi connection. Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals.
3. Secure your devices - Activate key-lock features and use a passcode to access your devices. Also activate locator apps that allow you to find your device if it is lost or stolen. You can often remotely lock the device and clean it of data. Sync your information with another device or back it up on a cloud service once a week.
4. Think before you click - Only download apps from reputable sources. Understand what information the app would access and share before you download. Use the same cautions before clicking on links. When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email. Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something
that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
Practice STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and encourage others to do it as well.
Help the authorities fight cyber crime: Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to http://www.ic3.gov (Internet Crime Complaint Center).
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