October is the month we set aside to celebrate all things spooky. Unfortunately scary Internet goblins, malicious ghosts and inbox gremlins haunt us year ’round. Which is why the good folks at the Department of Homeland Security in the USA and Public Safety Canada have devoted this month to National Cyber Security Awareness. This year’s theme is "Our Shared Responsibility," and the goal is to increase awareness about Internet security issues and to help computer users take steps to protect their bit of cyberspace and stay safe online (no garlic, crucifixes or silver bullets required.)
WOT plays an important part in this type of mission. Our large community of users holds back the cyberspooks while making valuable contributions to Internet safety by rating sites for overall trustworthiness, privacy protection, suitable content for children and the reliability of online shops. Anyone with WOT can see at a glance if a site is risky to visit or do business with, so they can avoid potential security issues. Everyone can benefit from using WOT.
No tricks, only treats
It’s a challenge to get people to take responsibility for their own cybersecurity. So it’s up to those of us who are aware of the truly scary damage that can be done to help them out. Take some time this month to do a few things (add a piece of candy when you’re doing it, and it really becomes a treat!)
First, get your own house in order
- Make sure you have anti-virus software and firewalls installed, properly configured, and up-to-date (take a look at Panda’s trial offers for WOT users if you don’t have AV)
- Update your operating system and critical program software
- Back up your important files
Then, help someone else
- Share your knowledge about Internet safety and security with a friend or family member
- If you have a website or blog, copy this blog (add a link back please) or write you own
- Use forums, newsletters, e-mail alerts, etc, at your school or business to increase awareness on issues like updating software, protecting personal information, and surfing safely
- Install WOT for them and give them a quick tutorial
Let us know in the comments section below what you are doing for National Cyber Security Awareness month.