October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will be releasing content every week highlighting a different different cyber security topics to help educate consumers.

This week, the topic is “Make You Home a Haven for Online Safety.”  They include a series of important tips:

  • Lock down your login: Take steps to strengthen your online accounts with stronger authentication tools.
  • Keep a clean machine: Make sure the software on all of your internet-connected devices is up to date.
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Be cautious before you click links in tweets, emails, posts, and ads.  Delete suspicious messages or report them as spam, even if they appear to come from trusted sources.
  • Back it up: Create a digital backup of your most important files and store it safely.
  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.: Be careful about how you share and store personal information.

You can find their infographic for this week’s topic here.

The NCSA also provides a series of recommendations and suggestions tailored to different age groups and generations:

  • Click here for a tip sheet for parents of young children.
  • Click here for a tip sheet for parents of tweens and teens.
  • Click here for a tip sheet for adults using mobile devices.
  • Click here for a tip sheet for older adults.