This October marks the 13th annual National Cyber Security Month (NCSAM). This collaborative effort between government, private and nonprofit organizations helps teach everyone how we can enhance and secure our digital lives.
Regardless of whether you’ve experienced identity theft or other cyber security threats firsthand, chances are that cyber security news has filtered into your life in one form or another. According to the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. online safety awareness campaign, nearly two-thirds of the American public have heard, seen, or read something about online safety and security issues recently--with the majority of the newsworthy stories involving identity theft, privacy loss, and increased frequency of attacks.
Even though many people are aware of cyber security threats, the question is, how secure is your digital life?
Here are some research findings from two national studies, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) about online privacy:
- 61 percent of Americans believe that much of online safety and security falls under their personal control.
- 90 percent said they wanted to learn more about internet safety, and when asked why they do not always do everything necessary to say secure online, 28 percent said they do not have the information or knowledge to do so.
- 54 percent of Americans are extremely concerned about loss of personal or financial information.
How do your viewpoints align with these results?
As our lives become more synced to technology, it’s important to have a proactive approach to your private information before a cyber security attack happens. Unfortunately for consumers, many corporate data breaches are not revealed until the damage is already done. Take Yahoo, for instance. It wasn’t until September that the public found out about Yahoo’s massive cyber security attack in 2014--leaving 500 million accounts compromised.
Yes, protecting your information online can feel like a chore but in a time where so much of our personal information is online, could you afford not to extra precautions?
If you’re interested in learning more about, NCSAM check out the StaySafeOnline.org and their STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign. Each week, the National Cyber Security Alliance will focus on a different cyber security theme throughout the month of October. Both websites have great resources so you’re sure to learn something new to pass on to your family and friends.
Check back to the Windstream blog each week to learn a useful tips about protecting your identity, creating strong passwords, and more if you feel like you're not doing everything you can to protect your information online.
And if you’re a Windstream customer, check out our 3 different Shield packages here. For less than $10 a month, you can have multi-device security for your PCs, smartphones, and tablets, personal ID theft protection and credit card access, and other essential internet protection features.
In the meantime, remember to stay secure and #cyberaware, friends!