October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure online users have resources to help them stay safer and more secure online. Cobblestone Capital Advisors is promoting best practices and tips throughout the month to help spread cyber security awareness. Below are a few basic tips and advice for online safety:
- Lock Down Your Login – Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect your online accounts. Protect your online accounts by utilizing protection beyond passwords. Enable the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an application on your mobile device.
- Protect Personal Information – Information about you has value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by websites and applications. Own your online presence by setting privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level. Limit how and with whom you share information online.
- Keep a Clean Machine – Turn on automatic updates. Reduce your risk of malware infections by keeping all software on internet connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defense against online threats such as viruses and malware.
- When in Doubt, Throw it Out –A single click can compromise your entire system, including data. Links and attachments in email are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If something looks suspicious, even if you know the sources, delete it or, if appropriate, mark it as junk email.
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