Even though this month has been designated National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we feel that your security is an all-year-long issue that everyone should be aware of. It’s no longer enough to watch for suspicious emails and think that you’re too small a target to attract the attention of cybercriminals. As criminals get savvier and their efforts more targeted, everyone from individuals to large organizations need to be aware and vigilant in using positive and protective cybersecurity practices.

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. NCSAM was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004 and continues annually.

Here at Softcom, we feel that everyone needs to do our part to make sure that our customers’ private information is kept safe and secure. This year’s theme of “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT” identifies different areas of security, and we’ve identified ways that anyone from a teenager using the internet at home to the companies that provide that internet access can take action to stop online intrusions, theft and crime. (Just click on any of the links below to learn more).

Own It

Secure It

  • Password bootcamp: Strong password practices mean better security
  • Double your protection by using multi-factor authentication for online accounts with sensitive information such as financial or business related.
  • Safe online shopping: Never save credit card information online and other online shopping tips.
  • Spot and avoid 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. Here’s what you need to do.

Protect It

  • Update privacy settings: Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit Internet-enabled crimes.
  • Update to stay protected: Ensure you are using the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
  • Cybersecure your business: If you’re a small business, you have just as much responsibility to protect your customers’ information as a large corporation.
  • Protect your wireless network: A few easy tips for keeping your home wireless connections secure.

In this age where hackers are a continual threat, it’s necessary to be as vigilant in your activities at home as you are at work or on the road. If you suspect your home wireless network, or one of your devices or accounts has been compromised, please read “Tips to avoid identity theft online” for a checklist of what to do. And for any questions about Softcom routers, Softcom wireless home networks, or account security give us a call at (800) 982-7675 or 1 (888) 4-SOFTCOM, we’re here to help.