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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Since 2004, October is celebrated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, previously called National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise cybersecurity awareness nationwide and help ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure online.

We encourage you to See Yourself taking action to stay safe online. That means enabling basic cyber hygiene practices: update your software, think before you click, have good strong passwords or a password keeper, and enable multi-factor authentication (meaning you need "More Than A Password!") on all your sensitive accounts.

This year’s campaign goal is to have everyone implement these four action steps to increase online security. Throughout October, CISA and NCA will highlight key action steps that everyone should take:

  • Think Before You Click: Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.

  • Update Your Software: Don't delay -- If you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.

  • Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. A passwords manager will encrypt passwords securing them for you!

  • Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.

Please feel free to review the attached cybersecurity guidelines or visit the following links for additional information.

https://www.cisa.gov/uscert/sites/default/files/publications/emailscams_0905.pdf

https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams

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