October isn't all about haunted houses and hayrides. It's also a month to stay woke about some very important health, safety, and social issues.
Read on for our list of important causes you should take note of this October.
Crime Prevention Month
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
As we think big picture about raising the Nationâs cyber-security baseline, itâs also a good opportunity to step back and ensure weâre doing the right things to secure our networks, devices, and data at work and at home. Here are some tips courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security.
1. Make sure your software and systems are up-to-date to ensure security patches and updates are installed and active. Better yet, enable auto-update where possible.
2. Back up your data and ensure you have strong security and encryption in place.
3. Check your privacy settings. Protecting your privacy is one of the best security measures you can take against cybercrime and malicious activity. Most services offer privacy reviews â use them!
4. Use two-step or multi-factor authentication on your accounts and devices, and ALWAYS take advantage of this service when possible. Use an authentication app or security key â theyâre widely available, easy to use, and âsecurity frictionâ is increasingly dropping.
5. Take appropriate measures to ensure secure and safe usage of network-enabled devices, such as using private browsing options and avoiding use of apps/websites that contain personal data on public networks (e.g., donât use the coffee shop free-Wi-Fi without a VPN).
6. Practice safe browsing and email â look for the lock on websites and only browse encrypted https:// sites. In addition, be careful about the links you click on in emails. Be sure and hover over links prior to clicking them to ensure the links are going to the sites you are expecting to go to.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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