Cyber Security Awareness Month - Staying Safe Online
October is national Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) and there’s never been a more important time to ensure that we’re doing everything we can to stay safe online. CSAM is an annual campaign held each October in Canada and internationally to highlight the importance of cyber security. Organizers encourage everyone to take the time to get informed about how to protect themselves, their families and their workplaces from cyber-crime.
During a time when so many of us are working from home, making sure that we take the necessary steps to keep our data and information safe is vital. Let’s go through some key tips you can take to ensure you and your family stay safe in our digital world.
Be careful what you share
Your data and personal information is of the utmost importance to keep safe. Be cautious when giving out any info, regardless of how trivial it may seem. Set the privacy and security settings on social media to your comfort level for how much you want to share.
Use strong passwords
If this sounds like the oldest advice in the book, there’s a reason. Your first and best line of defense online is to make sure nobody has access to your information. Use long passwords, consider using upper and lower case letters and symbols/numbers if applicable. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. Keep a paper list of your passwords in a secure place if possible. Consider using your cellphone or browser’s automatic password creation feature or fingerprint ID.
Keep your phone updated
Phone updates don’t just introduce fancy new features. Many minor updates to your phone’s operating system are intended to address security issues that are identified in a given version of the software. Keeping your phone up-to-date is an important way of ensuring that it’s not vulnerable to any potential exploits. We are continually releasing updates for our devices, so keep an eye on our software update schedule, here.
Recognize Phishing Attempts
Be wary of any email that invites you to open and click on attachments. These “phishing” emails attempt to lure the user to click on a suspicious attachment, usually with the promise of money or prizes. They can use more subtle tactics, as well, taking the form of calendar attachments, text files, or .zip files, to name a few. Clicking on these attachments can compromise the user’s computer, and cede control to a malicious third party. As such, it’s important to always be on the lookout for phishing attempts, and when in doubt, delete. Check out this article for more information about phishing scams and the forms they can take.
Here at TELUS we want you to be as safe as you can. We recommend checking out TELUS Wise, our educational program created to empower Canadians to have a more positive and secure experience online.
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