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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

posted Oct 11, 2016, 9:03 PM by Infragard MD   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 9:10 PM ]
October is Cyber Awareness Month. InfraGardMD recommends the following links:

Simple Steps for Internet Safety
Steps you can take to minimize the risks associated with doing business online, surfing the Internet, and sharing information on social media sites.

In today's digital world, online safety should be of paramount concern for all individuals and organizations because the threats posed by cyber criminals can't be ignored. To counteract these threats, there are steps you can take to minimize the risks associated with doing any kind of business online, surfing the Internet, and/or sharing information on social media sites:

FBI - SOS — Main Page
FBI Stats and Services. Identity History Summary Checks; Crime Statistics/UCR; Criminal Justice Information Services

In April, the Pew Research Center published a study saying that 92 percent of teens report going online daily, including 24 percent who say they go online almost constantly. According to the study, nearly three-fourths of teens have or use a smartphone. The FBI-SOS website features six islands, one for each grade level with age appropriate games, videos, and other interactive materials in various portals. The site covers such topics as cell phone safety, the protection of personal information, password strength, instant messaging, social networking, and online gaming safety. The videos include real-life stories of kids who have faced cyber bullies and online predators.