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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Tips to Protect Yourself Online

Protecting your personal and financial information requires proactive thinking and preparation. Stay safer and more secure online with these pointers.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and TCU will be part of the movement to help strengthen online safety and privacy. Protecting members’ personal and financial information, and promoting best practices to ensure the security of all online transactions, is TCU’s top priority.

Everyone plays a part in creating a safe digital environment and the 2019 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort of government and industry, will focus on the role of each individual in maintaining cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. Whether using mobile devices, browsing e-commerce websites, or performing routine transactions, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month themes of Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT will help people protect themselves and their sensitive data.

Some tips from the 2019 NCSAM Toolkit (PDF):

Own IT

Only use sites that begin with "https://" when shopping or banking online.

  • Understand the personal information you knowingly (or unknowingly) put on social media.
  • Don’t respond or click on links from people or organizations you don’t recognize.
  • Never share your personal information if you’re unsure who’s asking.

Secure IT

  • Apply multi-factor authentication to your accounts ASAP!
  • Always lock your personal or work laptop or mobile device when unattended in a public place.
  • Use the longest password possible and be creative.
  • Check your app permissions frequently.

Protect IT

  • Look for the “green lock” icon when online, it signifies a secure connection.
  • Use your personal hotspot in public places, they’re more secure than free WIFI.
  • Make sure you’re using the latest security software, web browser, and operating system.
  • Secure your WIFI network and digital devices by changing the factory set password and username.

To learn more about how to protect yourself online, visit: niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019