What would you do if you received a somewhat suspicious email or social media message from a friend that only included a link? Would you click on it?
Phishing attacks are one of many ways cyber criminals attempt to gain access to your personal information by tricking you into clicking on links that may install malware or other programs without your knowledge.
As an official member of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. TM Campaign, the International Public Safety Association is partnering with more than 150 organizations to promote cybersecurity awareness.
While DHS leads the national effort to protect critical infrastructure and safeguard our Nation’s cyber resiliency, the Department needs help from each American to secure cyberspace. Being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility. Emerging cyber threats requires everyone’s participation to create a safer cyber environment—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and, most importantly, members of the public.
We invite you to join the national effort to make the Internet safer. Follow these tips and Stop.Think.Connect. every time you go online:
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cyber criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete the email or avoid clicking on the advertisement.
- Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct on public Wi-Fi networks and adjust the security settings on your device.
- Protect your finances: When banking and shopping online, check to make sure the websites are security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.
- Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
- Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems, tablets, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
- Manage your passwords:Create strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and use letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure to change them regularly.