October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
As a partner in the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign, CalPERS is proud to promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the importance of online safety.
Online Safety and Security Are Shared Responsibilities
Did you know nearly 60 million Americans have been affected by identity theft? According to research by the Symantec Corporation, malicious software and third-party apps are also on the rise, with a 54 percent increase in mobile device malware in 2017. With cybercriminals constantly finding new ways to target Americans, it’s now more important than ever to look out for your own safety and security online. (Source: Norton by Symantec, 10 cyber security facts and statistics for 2018)
Follow These Important Tips
Take these simple actions at work and at home to help keep you, your identity, and your information safer online:
- Treat your personal information like money—be knowledgeable and cautious about how apps and websites collect your information.
- Regularly update the software on your internet-connected devices—including PCs, smartphones, and tablets—to reduce the risk of infection from malware.
- Talk with your family, friends, and community about the importance of internet safety.
- Control and limit who can see your information online by checking the privacy and security settings on your accounts and apps.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Online safety and security are shared responsibilities; together we can positively impact our online community.