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CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

Stay Safe Online

Every day it seems there’s a new security incident or data breach. It can sometimes feel overwhelming and inevitable that you’ll end up being the victim of a cyberattack.

Don’t despair. There are many simple things you can do to help minimize the risk of being the target of an attacker.

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FireMon 5 Coloring Book
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FireMon 5 Cybersecurity Tips to help you stay safe online

The FireMon 5 contains tips and tricks you can start using immediately. Be sure to check out the tips below and download your free coloring book with details on each of the 5 security tips for you to share with your family.

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FIREMON 5: #1 DON’T GET HOOKED

Learn to Spot Phishing Attacks

Phishing is one of the top ways bad guys can cause trouble online. Being aware of their techniques and dead giveaways will help you stay clear of trouble.

  • Check the email address of the sender to ensure it’s from the organization in the email
  • Check for typos in the content, email address, and links
  • Grammar and typos in the content are tell-tale signs of a problem
  • The content is short and directs you to open an attachment
  • Check all links to make sure they are legitimate, but better yet, visit the site directly vs. clicking on links in the email

FIREMON 5: #2 AVOID MISDIRECTION

Click with Caution

Clicking on links is super-convenient. Instead of going to a website and digging for what you need, a link points you right to it. Attackers know this all too well and use it to their advantage by creating links that look real but will send you into a cyber-trap.

  • Links are embedded everywhere and look innocent enough in tweets, social posts, and text messages
  • Never click on anything that you don’t 100% trust
  • If something looks unexpected, misspelled, or just doesn’t look right, it’s better to just delete it
  • Never click on anything that asks you to provide personal information or to log into an account; go to the website directly instead

FIREMON 5: #3 CLOSE THE GAPS

Keep Your Software Up-To-Date

Always keep your software updated to the latest versions. Updates fix known problems that cybercriminals can or are already taking advantage of.

  • The older software gets, the more likely it will have a security vulnerability that can be exploited by an attacker
  • Turn on auto-updates whenever they’re offered for your operating system and application software on phones, tablets, and computers
  • If devices can’t be upgraded, it may be time to think about replacing the device to be safe

FIREMON 5: #4 ADD AN EXTRA LAYER OF SECURITY

Use Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor authentication is an additional security protection that requires a two or more step process to login. The likelihood of an attack on an account with MFA is less than 0.1%.

  • By adding MFA, a bad guy must now have a minimum of both your credentials and a second means of validation such as a fingerprint, face scan, or a code sent via email or text message 
  • Without the additional verification, even a correct user ID and password won’t allow access to your accounts
  • Set up multifactor authentication on any sites or services that offer it

FIREMON 5: #5 USE A PASSWORD MANAGER

Don’t Reuse Passwords

Passwords are everywhere and most people reuse them over and over across multiple accounts. This creates the perfect domino-effect if an attacker steals just one.

  • If one gets compromised the bad guys can get into everything
  • Passwords should be both strong and unique
  • Strong passwords should be at least 12 characters and have a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters such as #, $, &, and %
  • Never reuse a password, this increases the chances of a hack
  • Use a password manager to store a unique password for every site
  • 80% of breaches can be attributed to stolen credentials
  • Poor password practices have been one of the leading causes of data breaches dating back to 2009

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