2020 saw a major disruption in the way many work, learn, and socialize online. Our homes are more connected than ever. Our businesses are more connected than ever. With more people now working from home, these two internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities that users must be conscious of. Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will focus on steps users and organizations can take to protect internet-connected devices for both personal and professional use.
Get Savvy About WIFI HotspotsPublic wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to them. Limit what you do on a public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and bank accounts. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.
When in Doubt, Throw it OutLinks in e-mail, tweets, texts, posts, social media messages and online advertising are the easiest way for cyber criminals to get your sensitive information. Be wary of clicking on links or downloading anything that comes from a stranger or that you were not expecting. When available, use the “junk” or “block” option to no longer receive messages from a particular sender. Don’t trust those links.
Cybersecurity is Everyone’s JobNo matter your career or position, it is everyone’s job to practice good cyber security. Organizations and homes cannot be secure without each and every person doing their part. Online safety and security are a responsibility we all share.
Stop.Think.Connect: The Stop. Think. Connect.TM is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. www.stopthinkconnect.org