October 24, 2022


October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This issue of Career Headlines focuses on tips to protect yourself online as threats to technology and confidential data become more common.

Think Before You Click

Online scammers are everywhere. These cybercriminals may get your bank account information, pretend to be you on social media, or rack up purchases on your video game accounts. Let's explore how you can protect yourself online. 

Four Key Action Steps to Protect Yourself Online

According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), there are four things you can do to protect yourself online:

Think Before You Click

Have you ever seen a link that looks a little different? It may look similar to something you've seen before, but it requires you to enter or change a password. Or the site may ask you to verify personal information. 

It's likely a phishing scheme: a link or webpage that looks legitimate, but it's a trick designed to have you reveal your passwords, social security number, or other sensitive information. Once the cyber criminals have that information, they can use it on legitimate sites and impersonate you. 

Update Your Software

Cyber criminals will exploit flaws in the system. Network defenders are working hard to fix them as soon as they can, but their work relies on all of us updating our software with their latest fixes. 

Update the operating system on your cellphone, tablet, and computers. Additionally, update your applications on all your devices too. 

Use Strong Passwords

Creating strong passwords is an easy way to improve your cyber security. Strong passwords include at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and 11 or more characters. Be sure to use different passwords for different accounts.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

It goes by many names: Two Factor Authentication, MFA, or 2FA, but they all mean the same thing: opting-into an extra step when trusted websites and applications ask you to confirm your identity. Be sure to use multi-factor authentication if it is available. 

Think About It

Do you feel that your personal information is secure online? If so, what steps have you taken to protect your information? If not, what will you do to protect your information moving forward? 

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