October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
IEMA joins nationwide effort to keep
people safe online
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[October 23, 2014]
– Thanks to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, the
Internet is almost always at our fingertips. Combined with computers
and laptops in homes, schools and workplaces, it’s easy to see how
Americans reportedly spend an average of 23 hours per week online.
While the Internet provides almost limitless opportunities, it also
creates risks that can range from mere inconveniences to serious
threats such as identity theft, harassment and child endangerment.
Throughout October, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)
is joining with local emergency management agencies to promote
National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to
increase awareness of online risks and what people can do to prevent
“The Internet is part of our everyday life,” said IEMA Director
Jonathon Monken. “Mobile devices make it easier than ever to shop,
search for information, communicate with friends and family and
more. It’s critical that everyone who uses the Internet understands
the potential risks and takes steps to protect their personal
Monken said basic tips for staying safe on the Internet include:
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser and other critical
software optimized by installing updates.
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- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends and
community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online
and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online. If it
sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more online safety tips, visit the Ready Illinois
website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. In addition to cyber
safety information, the website is a one-stop location for
information about disaster preparedness, what to do during a
disaster and steps for recovery after a disaster.
[Illinois Emergency Management