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 October 2022 is National Security Awareness Month!

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month's overarching theme in 2022 is it's easy to stay safe online.

Unfortunately, not everyone thinks this is true.  In fact, 41% of survey respondents in 2021 described cybersecurity as intimidating and frustrating (Oh Behave! The Annual Cybersecurity and Attitudes Behavior Report).  While most of the cybersecurity news articles are about massive data breaches and hackers, it can seem overwhelming and feel like you're powerless against it.

With this year's theme, we want to remind everyone that while there are all kinds of way to keep your data protected, following just four key steps can make a big difference. Cybersecurity doesn't have to be overwhelming.  With just a few clicks, you can be on your way to keeping your data safe and secure online. 

 

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Nearly half (48%) of US/UK respondents say they have "never heard of MFA."  Many people don't realize that multi-factor authentication is an incredibly important tool that goes a long way in keeping accounts secure.  In fact, of those who knew about it (52%), most had applied MFA to their online accounts (81%) and were still using it (90%), showing that once MFA is enabled, users will keep using it.  This month, we're showing others how easy it is to enable MFA whenever possible.

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Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager

53% of people rely on their memory to manage passwords (Ponemon Institute).

As our online lives expand, we've gone from having just a few passwords to today, where we might manage upwards of 100.  That's 100 unique passwords to remember if you're using strong password habits.  Password managers can save users a lot of headache and make passwords safer by recommending strong passwords. This October, we're dispelling the misconceptions about password managers and showing others how these tools will keep them safe online.

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Update Your Software

Nearly a third (31%) of US/UK respondents say they either "sometimes", "rarely", or "never" install software updates. (NCA)

One of the easiest ways to keep information secure is to keep software and apps updated.  Updates fix general software problems and provide new security patches where criminals might get in. This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we're telling others to step away from the "remind me later" button to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

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Recognize and Report Phishing

Phishing attacks in data breaches increased 11% from 2019 to 2020.  It went from 25% to 36% based on analysis of confirmed breaches. (Verizon)

Phishing attacks have become an increasingly common problem for organizations of all sizes and can be difficult to spot.  30% of small business consider phishing attacks to be their top cybersecurity concern.  It's important for every individual to stop and think before clicking on a link or attachment in a message and know how to spot the red flags.  Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 will give individuals the tools they need to recognize a phish and report it to their organization or email provider. 

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