Stop.Think.Connect. Cyber Tips

stop think connectStop.Think.Connect. is a campaign which challenges the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits and persuades Americans to view Internet safety as a shared responsibility home, in the workplace, and in our communities.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness among Americans about cybersecurity, empower them to be safe online, and educate and raise the next generation of the cyber workforce.

Quick Tips

The majority of cybercriminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a government agency, Fortune 500 company, small business, or belong to a home user. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of an incident:

  • Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with anyone.
    • Do not include your name, your kids’ or pets’ names, or other well-known information about yourself in your password;
    • Avoid using common words in your passwords or passphrases. Instead, break up words with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” and “L”; and
    • Use a combination of upper and lower case letters.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your friends, family, colleagues and community about Internet safety.
  • Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
  • Be cautious about offers online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Resources Available to Your and Your Family

OnguardOnline.gov

This website, run by the Federal Trade Commission, is a one-stop shop for online safety resources available to parents, educators, and kids .

Cybertipline.com

The Congressionally-mandated CyberTipline, which is part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), receives online child solicitation reports 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Submit an online report or call 1-800-843-5678.

Staysafeonline.org

The National Cyber Security Alliance offers security updates, free antivirus software, malware software removal, and other services.

Information courtesy of Karen Breen Elia.

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