KUSA - October is "Cyber Security Awareness Month" in Colorado, and as part of an effort to keep citizens safe online, state experts and their partners offered valuable, free advice to all Coloradans.
Nowadays, it is more important than ever to arm yourself with valuable information to protect against cyber crime. In fact, there are 2.7 billion Internet users, and each and every day, there are multiple attacks on home and work computers, cellphones, tablets and social-networking sites.
According to StaySafeOnline, four out of 10 social-network users have already fallen victim to cyber crimes on social-networking platforms. The explosion of cyber attacks is why the State of Colorado and its partners are offering their expertise to help keep Coloradans safe.
The Governor's Office of Information Technology is joining the Colorado National Guard and Regis University to answer your cyber security questions during a free, three-day help line on Oct. 28, 29 and 30. The number to call is: 303-964-6848 or 1-800-388-2366 ext. 6848.
There are also information on the state's website here: http://www.colorado.gov/cybersecurity/help.
Cyber Security Safety Tips
- Create and use strong passwords or pass-phrases that contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, at least one number, and at least one symbol/special character. Don't use the same password/pass-phrase for all of your accounts and logins.
- Use and regularly update anti-virus, malware, and spyware software.
- Never provide personal or financial information in response to an email or unauthorized phone call.
- Do not click on links or download attachments in emails from strangers or if the content seems suspicious.
- Backup your important files.
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