Cyber Security Awareness Month

Week 3: Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet

Week 3: Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet

Your personal data is the fuel that makes smart devices work. It is important to keep your personal data safe and secure. This becomes even more critical as you use cutting-edge technology. Innovations like smart cities, cars and appliances and connected health care devices are quickly becoming part of our daily lives. You need to learn to use such technology in safe and secure ways. Included below are some security tips. In addition, you can check out the Inside Your Connected Home: Protect Your Always-On Family infographic.

  • In this growing Internet of Things, remember to own your online presence. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share info!
  • Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like banking, email and social media.
  • Safeguard your devices. Research how to keep a device secure before purchasing and take steps to safeguard your device over time.
  • Keep your Wi-Fi secure. Use a strong password to protect it and name it in a way that won’t let people know it’s in your house. Also use secure websites (e.g., https://).
  • Having many smart devices requires being smart people. Be vigilant with your online safety, security and privacy.
  • Just as you “think before you app,” familiarize yourself with privacy policies & settings before using a smart device.

Click here to view a video provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which depicts how they are moving to fight at the speed of the machines and networks they protect.  It shows the work inside the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to protect federal networks and provides a realistic scenario that captures their daily life in cybersecurity operations at DHS.