National Cyber Security Awareness Month - Own IT

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and The City of Columbia Department of Information Technology is joining with the Department of Homeland Security’s Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. Campaign and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cyber security and online safety.

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet.  With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world.

How can you be proactive to stay online and,  “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”?  Follow these simple tips:

  • Remember, there is no ‘Delete’ button on the Internet.  Share with care, because even if you delete a post or picture from your profile seconds after posting it, chances are someone still saw it.
  • Update your privacy settings.  Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing.  Disable geotagging, which allows anyone to see where you are at any given time.
  • Connect only with people you trust.  While some social networks might seem safer for connecting because of the limited personal information shared through them, keep your connections to people you know and trust.