Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month
When the White House proclaimed October 2004 to be National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Internet looked very different than it does today. Smartphones and social networks are just two of the dramatic changes of the last decade. Americans are communicating more frequently, with more people, and sharing more personal information than ever.
An online society offers great benefits, but it also poses serious risks. Viruses and malware are threats to our devices and our privacy; identity theft threatens our financial wellbeing. Countering emerging online threats requires the entire nation to be involved — from government and law enforcement to the private sector to the public. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.
That’s why, as we mark the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, practicing safe online habits and sharing suggestions about maintaining online security have never been more important.
Here are five ways to protect yourself — and your family — online throughout the year:
- Make computer security part of your routine by regularly updating your security software
- Learn how to recognize common online scams
- Keep your personal information secure — online and off — to reduce the risk of identity theft
- Share games, videos, and articles about online safety with your family members
- Subscribe to the OnGuardOnline.gov blog for timely tips about online safety and security
And mark your calendars for October 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET to join a Twitter chat on how to protect your family from cybercrime. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and hear from experts at the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Stop.Think.Connect., and others. Follow @FTC and use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation.