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Celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Commemorated every October for the past thirteen years, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and industry leaders in the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.”

In 2016, NCSAM highlights the theme “Our Shared Responsibility,” which emphasizes the role each person plays in promoting a more secure Internet.

In the practice of promoting secure online habits for our customers and their business, Intuit’s Information Security team offers a few tips to help you stay secure online:

  • Protect your $$: When using online banking and shopping sources, be sure to check that the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses in the top section of your web browser that have an “s” following “http” as in “https://.”  This designation means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password, and don’t use the same password on several sites
  • Keep security software current: Having the latest, up-to-date security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.  Make sure you always stay current with the latest version
  • Secure your accounts:  Seek out protection beyond the use of basic passwords.  Many account providers now offer additional ways for you to verify who you are before you conduct business on that site, such as Multi Factor Authentication.  Take advantage of this useful offering to keep would-be identity thieves at bay

Along with these tips be sure to reference http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/resources/ to take advantage of a wealth of cyber security educational resources.  The site offers individuals and businesses an opportunity to explore and improve their online habits and practices from a trusted source.

For more information on National Cyber Security Awareness month, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/.