Staying Safe in a Digital World
Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting, and responding to cyberattacks that can have wide ranging effects on the individual, organizations, the community, and at the national level. Cyber attacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer system. Cyber attacks can lead to loss of money, theft of personal information, and damage to your reputation and safety. Cyber attacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer system.
Ways you can stay safe online:
Lock Down Your Login
Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools- like bio-metrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
Keep A Clean Machine
Keep all software on internet-connected devices- including personal computers, smartphones and tablets- current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware.
When In Doubt, Thrown It Out
Links in emails, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cyber-criminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk.
Back It Up
Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device fall victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup.
Share With Care
Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.
Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.
Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value- just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices.
Online Safety Basics
Spam and Phishing
Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attempts to lure people in and get you to click on a link or open an attachment. LEARN MORE
It’s important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online. LEARN MORE
Back it Up
Protect yourself against data loss by making electronic copies – or backups – of important files. LEARN MORE
Malware, Botnets, and Ransomware
The internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn’t drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn’t venture online without taking some basic precautions. LEARN MORE
For more information and resources about cyber security visit Alabama Office of Information Technology Website