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Cyber security is our shared responsibility. This October is the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and the Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) work in partnership with public and private sector partners during October to send the message of Internet safety and responsibility to residents and businesses across the country.
If we all take just a little time to get involved this October, we can make a difference in the lives of our family, friends and co-workers.
Social media is now a major part of most of our lives. Facebook has only been in existence for eight years, but already 955 million people are active users, LinkedIn has 100 million users and Twitter is at 140 million.
Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cyber security during NCSAM and throughout the year:
• Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
• Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
• Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety. Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
• Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Visit the website http://www.cisecurity.org for free resources, including daily tips and monthly newsletters, posters, bookmarks and calendars to help keep you and your family safe in cyber space.
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