October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign has put a spotlight on October as the time to take stock of your online practices. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) urges consumers and businesses alike to take this opportunity to evaluate their online safety practices and to strengthen the protections around their web-enabled devices. To help Wisconsin residents and businesses, DATCP has released a series of recommendations and tips to help maintain your cyber security. These include:
Things to do:
Things to know:
- Keep personal information personal. Never give out personal or banking information on an unsolicited call or in response to an unsolicited email or text message.
- Share carefully on social media. Adjust the privacy settings for your accounts to block your content from strangers. Remember that sensitive information such as names, birth dates and Social Security numbers posted to social media accounts can be used by scammers to steal your identity.
- Check the website address bar for "https." Before you enter personal or banking information into a website, make sure the URL starts with "https" rather than "http."
Things to consider:
- Protect your email account. Many websites send password update and account access emails to consumers, so getting a hold of these emails could give a hacker access to all of your online accounts.
- Two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a security process in which you provide two means of identification in order to log into a system – something you have and something you know. Something you have is typically a physical token, such as a fob, fingerprint or a code sent to your smartphone. Something you know is something memorized, such as a personal identification number (PIN) or a password.
- Backup your data. To protect yourself from potentially losing everything on your hard drive, regularly backup your data on physical drives and/or cloud-based storage.