October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Now more than ever, it is important to manage and be aware of your online information.  The Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance have teamed up to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and provide tools and resources needed to stay safe online, available at stopthinkconnect.org .

Here is their list of “Five Everyday Steps Towards Online Safety”

  • Enable stronger authentication. Always enable stronger authentication for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social media and financial accounts. Stronger authentication (e.g., multi-factor authentication that can use a one-time code texted to a mobile device) helps verify that a user has authorized access to an online account. For more information about authentication, visit the new Lock Down Your Login Campaign at www.lockdownyourlogin.com.
  • Make your passwords long & strong. Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters. Use unique passwords for different accounts. Change your passwords regularly, especially if you believe they have been compromised.
  • Keep a clean machine. Update the security software, operating system, and web browser on all Internet-connected devices. Keeping your security software up to date will prevent attackers from taking advantage of known vulnerabilities.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email and online posts are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious (even if you know the source), delete it.
  • Share with care. Limit the amount of personal information you share online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.

The library has a lobby display of books relating to cybersecurity and identity theft.  Be sure to check them out when you are here. 

A few especially pertinent titles are:

The Young Adult’s Guide to Identity Theft: a step-by-step guide to stopping scammers, by Myra Faye Turner

The Art of Invisibility: the world’s most famous hacker teaches you how to be safe in the age of Big Brother and Big Data, by Kevin Mitnick

The Darkening Web: the war for cyberspace, by Alexander Klimburg

Cyberspies: the secret history of surveillance, hacking and digital espionage, by Gordon Corera

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