National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Begins

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month again!

Every year, the National Cyber Security Alliance designates the month of October to remind us: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™  With phishing threats and online scams already in full swing, it’s more important than ever to stay alert and show #cyberpride.  This year, there are three main messages for the month:

  • Own IT.

    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings on your phone and on social
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for apps on your devices
  • Secure IT.

    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online: making sure your purchases are secure
    • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT.

    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping personal information safe


In the upcoming weeks, we’ll explore each of these these further.  The bad guys are always changing their tactics, and trying every way they can – phishing emails, ads on websites, even texts on our smartphones – to trick us.  Keeping up a layered defense is our best approach.

If you ever have a question about an email, please forward it to You can also call the Helpdesk at x1047, or email at And be sure to follow us on Twitter at @WidenerISO. Happy October, and safe computing!