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Cyber Security Awareness

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™

The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. We connect with friends and family, conduct business and banking online and rely on many services, like transportation and electricity, that are supported with online systems.

Technology has spearheaded advancements in healthcare, education, business, music, government, and many other industries. As technology advances, our lives become easier and more connected. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. As a nation, we face constant cyber threats against our critical infrastructure and economy. As individuals, cyber security risks can threaten our finances, identity, and privacy.

Since our way of life depends on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play—cyber security is a shared responsibility.

Each of us can follow simple steps to keep ourselves, our assets, and our personal information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can leverage to practice cyber security throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • ​Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • ​Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

To learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's website at www.staysafeonline.org/NCSAM or www.stopthinkconnect.org.

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