Farewell summer, hello fall. ’Tis the season to check the smoke alarms and change the clocks. It’s also time to review your online habits. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national campaign focused on helping Canadians to be safe online.
Don’t fall back into bad habits. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and all your electronic devices from online hackers:
· Always use strong passwords and change them frequently; do not use the same password for multiple accounts or applications;
· Use only password-protected, trusted Wi-Fi networks;
· Keep your operating system up to date including the antivirus/antispyware software, privacy settings and use automatic updates to avoid potential attacks on older software;
· Always lock your mobile device (use a pin or pattern);
· Use caution with links in emails, texts and SMS messages;
· Keep your social media profiles set to private and check your security settings;
· When conducting financial transactions online, make sure the website has the lock symbol or that the url address starts with https:// (the “s” means it is secure).
The RCMP wants all Manitobans to be cyber safe. To get more information and learn other useful tips and tools to keep yourself and your family safe from cyber threats, visit GetCyber Safe.ca. To help keep your children safe while on the internet visit Cybertip.ca. Don’t be a victim; learn how to keep your online data safe and secure.
If you come across suspected online fraudulent activities, you can report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Submitted by Manitoba RCMP