October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While you should be (and probably are) taking steps every day to protect yourself online, it’s a great reminder to check your internet habits and make improvements. Here are some helpful videos on three hot cybersecurity topics.
- Passwords – you’ve heard it before, but it’s worth hearing again. Creating a secure password can help protect your online accounts. Using a passphrase can make your passwords easy to remember, but very hard for an attacker to guess. Avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts – if one account gets compromised that puts all of your accounts at risk. Enable two-factor authentication when available to further secure your accounts. Here’s a video all about making your passwords tough to crack: https://youtu.be/IsyWfzeDdBo.
- Phishing – this is the practice when fradulent companies or individual send emails pretending to be from reputable companies in order to get someone to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Be cautious of clicking links in an email, even if you know the sender. When in doubt, delete. Check out this video to learn more about phishing: https://youtu.be/7iPC1gETmis.
- Ransomware – this is a type of online attack that holds your computer or files ‘at ransom’ until a fee is paid. These are usually initiated via a malicious file in an email. Be mindful that each email you open is a potential threat and never click links or open attachments in emails that appear suspicious or that you were not expecting. These types of attacks cost people around the world BILLIONS of dollars last year. Watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/OMK8D7RYQRE.
If you’re looking for more resources for online security, the Federal Trade Commission has an array of articles on everything from tech support scams to malware: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security.