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Everyday Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to have a national conversation about the growing importance of cybersecurity and staying safe online.

There is no doubt that we are all leading increasingly digital lives. Almost everything we do now touches the Internet – from shopping and banking online, to connecting with friends and loved ones, to finding our way around a new town or city. However, there may be uncertainty among many Americans over how to best protect themselves online. Advances in technology have dramatically changed the way Americans lead their lives for the better but also pose a new set of security risks. Identity theft, phishing attempts, and cyberbullying are just a few examples of cyber incidents we now face. It is critical that all individuals make choices every day to be safer online.

Protecting yourself online may seem like a daunting task, but in reality it is not. There are simple, every day steps you can take to secure your online life. You don’t have to be a computer expert to take measures to stay safe online.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages you to follow these three simple steps below.

  • Enable stronger authentication. Always enable stronger authentication for an extra layer of security beyond the password that is available on most major email, social media and financial accounts. Stronger authentication (e.g., multi-factor authentication that can use a one-time code texted to a mobile device) helps verify that a user has authorized access to an online account. For more information about authentication, visit the new Lock Down Your Login Campaign at https://www.lockdownyourlogin.com.
  • Keep a clean machine. Install updates for apps and update the security software on all of your Internet-connected devices as soon as updates are available. Keeping the software up to date will prevent cybercriminals from being able to take advantage of known vulnerabilities.
  • Use long and strong passwords. Create strong passwords with eight or more characters and a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Join us in recognizing National Cyber Security Awareness Month throughout the month of October. Please visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month or www.dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect for more information.

 

Source: https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-campaign-blog

NEWS OF THE DAY

October 20, 2017
Maine South Placed On Brief Lockdown Friday Morning
PARK RIDGE, IL - Maine South High School in Park Ridge was placed on a brief soft lockdown Friday morning due to what police have called a possible weapon situation off campus. The school was on lockdown from 7:48 a.m. until 8:25 a.m., police said in a local Nixle alert. It was called after anonymous information was relayed to the police department. The lockdown was called as a precaution and was lifted after police received more information about the situation. Details regarding the situation weren't immediately available. Park Ridge police were still on campus as of 9 a.m. working with school officials.

October 22, 2017
Over 12 ATM Skimming Devices Found Across Chicago
CHICAGO -- More than a dozen ATM skimming devices were found across the city at various banks and Walgreens locations over the last month. Cameras were also placed at some locations to record pin numbers. Police said people should inspect card slots before using them and notify someone at the business if a pin pad is loose.

October 20, 2017 
Rauner Outlines $200 Million In Cuts To Illinois Budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it wants to make to Illinois' new budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation. Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago said the cuts include $89 million to human services programs, including autism services, after-school programming, and immigrant and refugee services. Harris questioned the governor's priorities. Harris noted that many of the programs with cuts are those that the governor has repeatedly targeted over the years. Other cuts include $85 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation, $41 million to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and $21 million to the Department of Agriculture. Rauner's administration said more cuts will need to be made, because the budget is still $1.5 billion out of balance.


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October 24: United Nations Day
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Energy Awareness Month