Cybersecurity is important for your creative life

Google reminded me yesterday that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and prompted me to run a quick security checkup. I was grateful for the reminder because I the internet is a major tool in my everyday routine and that includes my creative life. I browse for ideas, sell and buy supplies online, and store valuable documents and photos in the cloud and on my devices, Being cyber-aware is in the best interest of every creative person who uses any sort of electronics! Here are a few resources I found when I looked up Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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This infographic comes from the official site for the National Security Alliance at staysafeonline.org and they have some good resources for the following information:

Spam and 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.

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Online Shopping

It’s important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online.

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Back it Up

Protect yourself against data loss by making electronic copies – or backups – of important files.

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Malware, Botnets and Ransomware

The internet is a powerful and useful tool, but in the same way that you shouldn’t drive without buckling your seat belt or ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn’t venture online without taking some basic precautions.

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Parental Controls

Parental controls are available on most internet-enabled devices like computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems. When enabling parental controls, use age-appropriate settings to filter, monitor and block your child’s activities.

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You may be interested to know that we set up parental controls on all the computers and devices in our home, even the ones that are only used by adults. It really helps filter out some of the “yucky stuff”. Here’s another great link from Panda Media Center to check out for advice and instructions on how to set up parental controls.

I hope you will take a moment and address your own cybersecurity concerns. It’s important!