October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and 2023 marks its twentieth anniversary. This year the theme centers on four key behaviors:
Using strong passwords along with a password manager
Enabling multi-factor authentication wherever you can
Recognizing and reporting 'phishing'
Updating software regularly
Cybercrime is rampant today. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received almost eight hundred thousand complaints in 2020 of suspected Internet crime with reported losses of over four billion dollars. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is a national initiative began in 2009 to help computer users with all levels of experience gain the confidence they need to use online resources safely. Using these three words, we can identify areas where we want to exercise caution and awareness of exactly what information is being shared, why we're sharing it and whether it needs to be shared at all.