October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

I received an email update from my job that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and instead of listing the tips they provided I reached out to Providence member Carolyn Bowman who provided the tips below.  Carolyn has a IT Security company (Learn2LockIT) and is scheduled to have a workshop in January 2017.  Stay tuned…


Protecting your information


Give out sensitive/personal information

Open emails, preview instead

Open attachments

Click on similar URL’s (g00gle.com) or unfamiliar links


Use administrator account

Save credit card info on websites

Write password down and leave it near system

Let anyone else use password

Leave your screen unlocked when stepping away

Nothing is free … don’t click

Call any unfamiliar numbers listed in emails

Reply to unfamiliar emails

Send sensitive information

Use unsecure Wi-Fi

Answer unknown calls or call them back with number provided




Use Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware and keep up to date

Back up your system (often)

Update software, systems, apps

Open credit card, bank card sites in a new browser

Use one time use credit card number

Use favorites so you don’t accidentally access .com instead of .gov

Send emails to address book contacts

Delete sensitive emails

Lock mobile devices


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