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Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry.

With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household – including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibility and that networks and mobile devices are secure. This week will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.

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Cyberaware Tips to Protecting Yourself and Your Family at Home

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN

Your usernames and passwords are not Enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools – like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device – whenever offered.

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE

Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including personal computers, smartphones and tablets – current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware.

BACK IT UP

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE WI-FI ROUTER IN YOUR HOME

Use a strong password to protect the device, keep it up to date and name it in a way that won’t let people know it’s in your house.

PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT.

Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices.

SHARE WITH CARE

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.