Tech Tip: October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has proclaimed October Cyber Security Awareness month and the theme is: Stop. Think. Connect. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: enjoy your devices with more peace of mind. (Here’s a link to the website. It’s great and has tips in multiple languages.)

Top takeaways this week:

  • Update all devices with the latest security patches as soon as patches are released.
  • Consider a sentence for a password: Ilovesushi!
  • Use the two-step authentication process if it’s offered. That includes fingerprint or sending phone texts to confirm identity.
  • Banking websites must secure. The web address begins with “https:” If it’s http, don’t log in.
  • On a mobile devices, delete apps if you’re no longer using them.
  • Turn off wi-fi in stores and other wi-fi hot spots to avoid being tracked.

KCIT takes cybersecurity very seriously and is the foundation of all operations. KCIT works diligently to stay on top of cyberthreats like the TeslaCrypoMalware and develops apps to block malware from King County computers. We know it can be an inconvenience, but these breaches can jeopardize personal information and impact our work and wreak havoc on our system. So please be patient and report anything suspicious to the helpdesk immediately.