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You can take steps and preventative measures to lessen your chances of being vulnerable to cyber risks by following some best practices. The following are best practices you can do to protect yourself, your property, your family, your friends, and your country before a cyber incident occurs.

Stay Safe

  • If at all possible, connect to sites and the Internet using secure protocols such as https and over password protected networks and systems
  • Always exercise caution when proceeding with unfamiliar sites, URLs, links, attachments, emails or files. Many exploits result when the user opens a file or activates an element they are unfamiliar with and are unsure of the source which gives the adversary an opening.
  • Exercise extreme caution concerning requests for personally identifable information. In general most entities such banks and companies will never ask for your personal informtion over the Internet. There are exceptions: such as trusted sites that have URLs that begin with https:// and make use of SSL/TLS, such as the United States Social Security Administration website.
  • Always use up to date antivirus, antimalware, antispyware software.
  • Use hard to guess but meaningful to you and only you passwords. If at all possible use pass phrase over passwords. For example "MyPasswordIsSuperStrong" is an example of a passphrase and is stronger than "Password" a simple password.
  • Perform operating system and program updates regularly.
  • Make regular backups of your files and computer data.
  • Secure your network and Internet connection with a firewall.
  • Enable the strongest available security for your devices: computers, routers, wireless access points, portable devices, handheld devices.

Stay Informed

Cyber incidents are impossible to predict, as are their intent and nature. There may or may not be any warning. Some cyber incidents take a long time (weeks, months or years) to be discovered and identified. Familiarize yourself with the types of threats and protective measures you can take by:

  • Visiting the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) mailing list to receive the latest cybersecurity information directly to your inbox. Written for home and business users, alerts provide timely information about current security issues and vulnerabilities. You may Sign up to recieve news and information from US-CERT
  • Visiting the United States Department of Homeland Security website Cybersecurity resource. U.S. DHS Cybersecurity. You may also sign up for DHSs Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign and receive a monthly newsletter with cybersecurity current events and tips.

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