As hacks, data breaches, and other cyber-enabled crime become increasingly commonplace, this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month
is an important reminder of the need to take steps to protect yourself
and your family when using the Internet. Launched in 2004 by the
Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security
Alliance, the annual campaign held every October is designed to help the
public stay safe online and to increase national resiliency in the
event of a cyber incident.
“Cyber risks can seem overwhelming in today’s hyper-connected world,
but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and reduce your
risk,” said Assistant Director Scott Smith of the FBI’s Cyber Division.
“The FBI and our partners are working hard to stop these threats at the
source, but everyone has to play a role. Use common sense; for example,
don't click on a link from an unsolicited e-mail, and remember that if
an online deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. And overall,
remain vigilant to keep yourself and your family safe in the online
world, just as you do in the physical world.”
How can you protect yourself?