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Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2016 kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 1. Throughout the month of October, DHS, along with the National Cyber Security Alliance, will call on all Americans to take basic steps to secure their online lives and raise awareness for cybersecurity.

We are all leading increasingly digital lives. We shop from our homes, bank from our mobile devices, and connect with friends from around the world on social networks. Yet, with all of its added convenience, constant connectivity also brings a new set of security risks.

You lock your doors at night, look both ways before crossing the street, and brush your teeth. These activities protect your physical security and health, and it’s just as important for you to take proactive steps every day to protect yourself when you are online.

Each week of NCSAM is dedicated to a specific cyber topic. Week 1 kicks off #CyberAware Month 2016 and reinforces basic tips for everyone to be safer online.

There are easy ways to better protect yourself against hackers and identity theft.

Many online services have the option to secure your accounts beyond just a username and password to log in. This is called stronger authentication. The White House recently launched the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to encourage all Americans to enable stronger authentication for their online accounts which can include a unique code sent as a text message, biometric verification, or a token. To learn more about the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign and how to enable stronger authentication, please visitwww.lockdownyourlogin.com.

Join us this October to recognize NCSAM. When all Americans own their digital life and take steps to protect themselves online, the Internet becomes safer and more secure for all. To learn more and find out how to get involved, visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

#CyberAware Tip of the Week

One small step can make a big difference in your online security. Each week during NCSAM, we’re sharing a quick and easy tip that you can do to better protect yourself online.

Lock down your login. Always opt to enable stronger authentication when available, especially for accounts with sensitive information including your email or bank accounts. A stronger authentication helps verify a user has authorized access to an online account. For example, it could be a one-time PIN texted to a mobile device, providing an added layer of security beyond the password.

The White House recently launched the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to encourage all Americans to enable stronger authentication. Visit www.lockdownyourlogin.com for more information.

Spread the Word on Social

  • Share the sample tweets below using the official NCSAM hashtag, #CyberAware, to help us spread the word about #CyberAware Month.
  • Educate employees on cyber threats & ways to identify and report incidents. Find resources at www.dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect #CyberAware
  • #CyberAware Tip: Links in emails are often how cybercriminals compromise your computer– if an email looks suspicious, delete it #Phishing
  • Join us in celebrating #CyberAware Month in October. Find out how to get involved at www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month Follow the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber Twitter handle, @cyber, for more cyber tips and news.

#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room

  • No matter the size or industry, any organization can be targeted by cybercrime. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical to protecting your organization’s employees, intellectual property and reputation, as well as the consumers and constituents you serve. This #ChatSTC Twitter chat will discuss how leaders and employees can keep their organizations safer and more secure during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and year-round.
  • Where: Use #ChatSTC to join!
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m. EDT/12-1 p.m. PDT