Cyber Safety Starts At Home

With everyone in the family using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat, or shop online, it is vital to make certain your entire household is safely surfing the web. In recognition of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno encourages you to follow the tips below to help make your home a safe digital haven:

  •  Keep a clean machine. Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Remember, mobile phones and tablets need updating too.
  • Lockdown your login. Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank and social media. Improve account security by enabling multi-factor authentication. MFA is a method in which the user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of authentication to verify a digital identity.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi router. Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long) for your Wi-Fi network. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”).
  •  Keep tabs on your apps. Your mobile device could be putting your identity and privacy at risk with suspicious apps that gather your personal information without your knowledge. Be sure and check your app permissions and use the “rule of least privilege” to delete what you do not need or use. Only download apps from trusted vendors and sources.

For more information about this Safety & Security tip, or to request one of our specially trained Crime Prevention Specialists to speak to your group or organization about internet safety, contact the Community Response Unit at 477-1CRU.