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Avoiding Cyber Security Threats

The Department of Homeland Security ( has provided some tips to increase your chances of avoiding cyber risks by setting up the proper controls. The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property before a cyber incident occurs.

  • Only connect to the Internet over secure, password- protected networks.

  • Do not click on links or pop-ups, open attachments, or respond to emails from strangers.

  • Always enter a URL by hand instead of following links if you are unsure of the sender.

  • Do not respond to online requests for Personally Identifiable Information (PII); most organizations – banks, universities, companies, etc. – do not ask for your personal information over the Internet.

  • Limit who you are sharing information with by reviewing the privacy settings on your social media accounts.

  • Trust your gut; if you think an offer is too good to be true, then it probably is.

  • Password protect all devices that connect to the Internet and user accounts.

  • Do not use the same password twice; choose a password that means something to you and you only; change your passwords on a regular basis.

  • If you see something suspicious, report it to the proper authorities.

  • Familiarize yourself with the types of threats and protective measures you can take by:

  • Sign up for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team mailing list.

  • Sign up for the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign and receive a monthly newsletter with cybersecurity current events and tips.


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