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October is cyber security awareness month

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October marks the 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness month. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security encourages all citizens to protect themselves against potential cyber threats and crime, including identity theft, fraud and scams. 

Citizens are encouraged to remain informed about cybercrimes in their communities and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement or the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security at http://www.tn.gov/homelandsecurity/report_susp_act.shtml

Listed below are a few basic steps to protect you from cyber threats and become more secure.

·         Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.

·         Don't share passwords with anyone!

·         Keep a clean machine. Your operating system, browser, and other critical software are optimized by installing regular updates.

·         Use a pop-up blocker (the links in pop-up ads are notorious sources of malware).

·         Before you enter your personal and financial information to make an online transaction, look for signs that the site is secure.

·         Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.

·         Be cautious about what you receive or read online. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Please visit the state's Office of Homeland Security web page at http://www.tn.gov/homelandsecurity/index.shtml for cyber safety tips this October.    

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