Cyber Security Awareness Month
There are a few key concepts that are important to understand in cyber security:
Confidentiality: This refers to the practice of keeping information private and preventing unauthorized access.
Integrity: This refers to the practice of ensuring that information is accurate and cannot be tampered with.
Availability: This refers to the practice of ensuring that information is available when needed and preventing unauthorized access.
These concepts are important because they form the foundation of cyber security. By understanding these concepts, you can begin to take steps to improve your cyber security posture.
There are many ways that individuals and organizations can improve their cyber security posture. One important step is to create strong passwords and use multi-factor authentication whenever possible. Individuals should also be aware of the social engineering attacks that are common online, and be careful not to fall for phishing scams. Organizations should make sure that their networks are properly secured, and that they have a plan in place for responding to cyber incidents.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month because it is important to raise awareness about cyber security all year round. However, this month provides a good opportunity to focus on the issue and provide more resources to help people stay safe online.
Use strong passwords and never reuse them.
Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible.
Keep your software up to date.
Be careful about what you click on and download.
Use a VPN.
Back up your data.
Phishing emails: These are emails that appear to be from a legitimate source, but are actually from an attacker who is trying to trick you into revealing personal information or downloading malware.
Ransomware: This is a type of malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom in order to decrypt them.
Bitcoin scams: These are scams where you are promised a certain amount of Bitcoins if you send a smaller amount of Bitcoins to an address.
Tech support scams: These are scams where someone pretends to be from a tech support company and tries to convince you to give them remote access to your computer or to pay for unnecessary services.
When a natural disaster such as a hurricane hits, scammers see it as an opportunity to take advantage of people. They may call or email you pretending to be from a charity or government agency and try to get you to donate money or give out your personal information. They may also offer housing or other assistance but request money upfront or ask for sensitive information like your social security number.
To avoid these scams, always do your research before donating money or giving out personal information. Only donate to reputable charities and double-check the website or caller ID before giving out any information. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for money upfront or tries to rush you into making a decision.
If you're in need of assistance after a natural disaster, be sure to check with your state or local government website for a list of legitimate aid organizations. Do not respond to any unsolicited offers of help.
Contact your bank or credit card company immediately.
Report the incident to the FTC.
Change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication on all of your accounts.
Run a malware scan on your computer.
Be extra vigilant in the future and don't click on any links or attachments from unknown sources.
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