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October is Cyber Security Month.  The global cost of cyber crime by the end of 2019 is estimated at 2 trillion dollars.

 

This year’s theme is Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

 

OWN IT.

  • Only use sites that begin with https:// when shopping or banking online.
  • Understand the personal information you knowingly (or unknowingly) put on social media.
  • Don’t respond or click on links from people or organizations you don’t recognize.
  • Never share your personal information if you’re unsure who’s asking (find out more about this by reading our post on phising: https://ngtnet.net/scammers-abound-episode-1-phishing/).

SECURE IT.

  • Apply multi-factor authentication to your accounts ASAP!
  • Always lock your personal or work laptop or mobile device when unattended in a public place.
  • Use the longest password possible and  be creative (check out our post on using good passwords:  https://ngtnet.net/episode-5-good-passwords/).
  • Check your app permissions frequently.

PROTECT IT.

  • Look for the “green lock” icon when online, it signifies a secure connection.
  • Use your personal hotspot in public places, they’re more secure than free WiFi.
  • Make sure you’re using the latest security software, web browser, and operating system (read more about that here: https://ngtnet.net/goodbye-windows-7-its-been-real/).
  • Secure your WiFi network and digital devices by changing the factory set password and username.

 

There are a TON of resources to be found at this site – https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019

 

Take a moment this month and review how you can help protect yourself from cyber crime.

 

If you have any additional questions please let NGT know, we are here to help.

 

How do I get help?

Follow this link to email, chat, or call: http://www.ngthelp.com