October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! UTHSC is a champion of this program co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Each week of the month, there is a dedicated theme. This first week’s theme is “Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety”.
Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with families leading the way. Family members may be using the Internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat, or to shop for the latest connected toy. This makes it vital to ensure that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly, and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Three of NCSA’s top tips include:
- Keep a clean machine: Keep all software on Internet-connected devices, including personal computers, smartphones and tablets, up-to-date to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware.
- Lock down your login: Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media. Fortify your online accounts and enable the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, or two-factor authentication which is coming to UTHSC soon!
- Share the best of yourself online: Before posting online, think about what others can learn about you and who will see it in the future; such as teachers, parents, colleges, and potential employers.