October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The month of October is the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month and a great time to become aware of security precautions to take online.

The following resources will help you learn more about protecting your personal information.

 Social Networking

Social networks are a great way to stay connected, but be careful about how much personal information you post.
http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/protect-your-personal-information/social-networks

Mobile Devices

Take the same precautions on your mobile device as you do on your computer. Learning some mobile device safety tips can keep you from harm.
http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/mobile-and-on-the-go/mobile-devices

Using Public WiFi

Free WiFi in public places is convenient, but not always secure. Someone else could access information shared while on a public network.
http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0014-tips-using-public-wi-fi-networks

Passwords

Always use a strong password and never share it with anyone. At Ohio State, you must change your password every 180 days as a safety precaution.
https://ocio.osu.edu/itsecurity/buckeyesecure/passwords

Free Security Check Ups

Many computer security vendors offer free security checks for your computer. Check for known viruses and spyware, and discover if your computer is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/free-security-check-ups

Report Scams

Online scams become more sophisticated every day. Stay up to date about scams and report suspicious activity.
http://www.Fraud.org

For more tips, check out our gallery of NCSAM themed comics. Also, be sure to follow along with TechOhioState on Twitter and Google+ for more information!

The National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM) is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (http://www.dhs.gov/topic/cybersecurity) in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (http://staysafeonline.org/) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (http://msisac.cisecurity.org/).  This year’s NCSAM theme is “Our Shared Responsibility.”