October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Let’s kick it off with a few good online safety reminders!

September 29th, 2014

Reprinted from the Dept. of Homeland Security, September 2014 (National Preparedness Month) E-Update in anticipation of October 2014 National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Bottled water? Check. Flashlights? Check. Canned goods? Check. Most people understand the basic steps to take to prepare for a natural disaster or other physical emergency. Being cyber prepared is just as important as planning for a hurricane, tornado, or snowstorm. With Americans online now more than ever – at work, school, home, and on-the-go – it is key that everyone understands how to protect against, prepare for, and respond to cyber incidents. September is National Preparedness Month, so take the time to follow these cyber preparedness steps from the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign:


  • Connect to the Internet over secure, password- protected networks.
  • Enter a URL by hand instead of following links if you are unsure of the sender.
  • Limit who you share information with by reviewing the privacy settings on your social media accounts.
  • Trust your gut; if you think an offer is too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Use passwords on all devices that connect to the Internet and user accounts.


  • Click on links or pop-ups, open attachments, or respond to emails from strangers.
  • Respond to requests for Personally Identifiable Information (PII); most organizations—including banks, universities, and companies—do not ask for your personal information over the Internet.
  • Use the same password twice; choose a password that means something to you and you only, and change your passwords on a regular basis.