As National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicks off with its theme “Our Shared Responsibility,” global citizens are encouraged to take the basic steps necessary to make the internet safer and more secure.

Many, especially young people around the world, feel the theme resonates with them as they recognize the importance of doing their part to become aware and involved in keeping themselves safe online which will, at the same time, increase security for others.

NCSAM 2015 also celebrates the fifth anniversary of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a campaign dedicated to global cyber security education and awareness. Its’ simple message to stay safer and more secure online continues to increase its international impact.  STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet.

This year’s hashtag #CyberAware is encouraging NCSAM supporters to join the conversation by posting tips, advice and participating in weekly Twitter chats.

Some steps that should be implemented to stay safer online:

Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on Internet-connected devices – including PCs, mobile phones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.

Get two steps ahead. Turn on two-factor authentication on accounts where available.

When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email, social media posts and online ads are often how cyber criminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.

Share with care. What you post can last a lifetime. Before posting something online, think about how it could be perceived now and in the future.


For information on how we can help secure your system/s, click here.