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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month



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October 11, 2017
It's in your pocket, in your purse, on your desk, your tv, and perhaps even some of your appliances...

The Internet. The world wide web that stretches across the globe, connecting individuals with each other, and with much of what's required to function in every day life. Whether it's shopping, banking, bill paying or just browsing, the Internet touches almost every aspect of our daily lives and has become integral in the functioning of most businesses and many households.

As the recent, devastating Equifax breach indicates, the Internet is also a wide open playground and challenge to those who'd like to usurp the personal information that's out there for fun and profit. Just about every single day you'll hear a story about fraudsters, scammers and thieves who are devising new ways to steal your money or your identity online.

But there are ways to fight back. October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, and there are a number of resources available to individuals and businesses that highlight security issues and offer tips and guidance for making smart cybersecurity choices.

Whether it's keeping your software and security protection programs up to date, practicing good password management or using public wi-fi spots with caution and care, there are a number of tips and resources out there to help keep your information safe.

Remember, fraudsters are always sharing new ways to discover breaches that allow a hack. Consumers have to be just as diligent to keep a step ahead.

Take a few minutes today to assure your own cyber safety. Visit www.staysafeonline.org; www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month and www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-toolkit for up-to-date tips and guidance to protect your sensitive information.

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