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Cyber Security Tips

  1. Update your anti-virus software and firewalls. New threats are discovered everyday. Keeping your software and firewalls updated is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from an attack. Set your computer to automatically download and install updates for you.

  2. Back up your important files. Files stored on your computer can easily be lost, stolen or corrupted.  To safeguard these files, copy them onto external storage devices or removable discs, and keep them in a safe place.

  3.  Subscribe to the National Cyber Alert System from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team at www.us-cert.gov. Through the Alert System, you can receive timely information about current cyber security problems to protect home and office computers. This information includes weekly bulletins with summaries of new vulnerabilities, patch information when available, and tips on common security topics, such as privacy, and wireless security.

  4. Protect your accounts. Choosing hard-to-guess passwords and changing them regularly can help prevent criminals from getting at your money or personal information.

  5. Protect your identity: On the Internet, your personal data (social security number, birth date, etc.) is extremely valuable and can be used against you. Keep it protected.

  6. Protect your children: Children face unique risks on the Internet, and require unique rules and safeguards. Monitor your kids' online activities closely. There are many tools available to help you protect them from online threats.

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