October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Oct 9, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it best - “The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.”

Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds us all that the awareness and education of cyber security is vital to your well-being. Follow these tips to safeguard yourself from cyber attacks:

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that is an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, appliances, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Lock down your login: Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
  • Make your password a sentence (passphrase): A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember.
  • Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.

    For more information on keeping your information secure, visit the Security Center on parkbank.com.

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