October 2020 Health Committee Article
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).
Now in its 17th year, NCSAM continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the nation to make sure all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure while online.
This year’s theme is: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
As we are in the age of technology, and using it even more frequently due to Covid-19, the Montgomery County (MD) Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. wants you to be aware that cybersecurity is not just about work systems but everything that is internet based. This includes your smart home (thermostats, cameras, door locks, etc.), email accounts, banking systems, e-scooters, Bluetooth, social media, etc.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BETTER PROTECT YOURSELF?
• Secure your networks- Wireless routers are a way for cyber criminals to access online devices
• Stay up to date- Keep software updated to the latest versions and set security software to run regular scans
• If you connect it, protect it- Update to the latest virus protection software
• Double your login protection- Enable multi-factor authentication to ensure that they only person who has access to your account is you
• Use different passwords on different systems and accounts
• Use the longest password allowed
• Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols
• Reset your password every few months
• Use a password manager
For security tips and more information about how you can Do Your Part. For more information, click on this link. www.cisa.gov/ncsam