October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. If it has been a while since you have changed passwords, updated software or taken other security measures, now might be a good time to make some changes.
Most of us know that we need to take precautions about how we share and obtain information online, but sometimes we need a few reminders of how to stay cyber safe. In addition to changing passwords, updating software and thinking twice before we click or respond to a pop-up ad, we also need to think about how we are protecting all of the smart devices that we use.
These include everything from smart phones, smart T.V., security cameras and almost anything that we are connecting to the internet. Although it may be quick and easy to hook up these devices up using factory default passwords and forgoing multi-factor authentication, this can create a greater risk of all of your devices being hacked.
It is a good idea to take a few extra steps to protect yourself. When setting up passwords and security questions, be careful to not use information that a criminal could readily guess by looking at social media or other information that can easily be found online. And, even though you may have established unique passwords, it is important to change them on a regular basis as well update software and firmware on your devices.
When you are away from home take extra precautions if you are connecting to WiFi networks, and be careful about the information you share of your current location. For more information on how to stay cyber safe, visit the website for the Department of Homeland Security.