Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety #CyberAware

When I was a kid, we were taught to recognize signs of danger.  There was McGruff the Crime Dog, there were stickers in windows of certain homes along the walk to school, where we knew we could go if we were scared or threatened, it was drilled into us to never talk to strangers, especially if they pulled up in a car and offered us a ride.  Sound familiar?

Why don’t we do the same thing when it comes to our online safety?  That’s what National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is all about and the Week 1 theme is all about online safety at home.  Consider these sobering statistics:

  1. By 2021, more than half of all U.S. households are expected to be “smart” homes.  Talk about a target rich environment!

  2. More than 1 million children, half of whom were 7 years old or younger, we victims of identity theft and online fraud last year.

  3. 34% of teens indicate they are the most knowledgeable family member when it comes to cybersecurity.  24% say they think their father is and only 18% think their mother is.

Here are some things you can do to make your home more #CyberAware:

  1. How to have the “Tech Talk” with your kids.

  2. Review yesterday’s post about Locking Down Your Login.

  3. Kids: The new victims of ID theft.

Today’s tip is Back It Up!


Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup.

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