October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This is an internationally-recognized campaign that aims to spread cybersecurity awareness. This week, we’re sharing some ways you can help spread cybersecurity awareness in your community.
If you missed our other blogs for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, you can check them out below:
- Week 1: Taking Cybersecurity into Your Own Hands
- Week 2: What We Use at FixMeStick for Cybersecurity
- Week 3: Safeguarding Your Family’s Future with a Plan for Cybersecurity
- Week 5: The Spookiest Viruses Online Today
The Quality of Online Information
With an overload of online information these days, it can be difficult to know which sources are reputable and which sources are not. That’s why it’s a good habit to not believe everything you read on the internet.
When reading an article or news source, ask yourself these questions:
- Is the article published by a reputable news agency, an educational institution like a major university, or a trusted company, brand, or a government agency?
If so, then chances are the article will have better quality information compared to other websites with unknown publishers.
Trusted Organizations for Cybersecurity
Governments around the world are stepping up to help raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. That’s why the first source to consider when looking for cybersecurity resources are government agencies.
In the United States, the Department of Homeland Security officially recognizes Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a collaborative effort between industries and the government. The department also runs the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies where you can find featured stories on the latest cybersecurity news. You can check them out here.
In Canada, a similar initiative started by the Government of Canada aims to help citizens stay secure online. You can follow the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security to stay up-to-date on the latest news.
Other Ways to Spread Cybersecurity Awareness
Consider talking about cybersecurity with your family and friends at your next gathering. Of course, we understand that it isn’t the most fun topic to talk about. But if you have been following cybersecurity news, sharing interesting and relevant news such as the latest hacking technique where you can get hacked via a charging cable can grab the attention of your audience.
Additionally, if you use FixMeStick and would like to refer a friend, let us know and we can extend both of your subscriptions free-of-charge!
And lastly, consider sharing this blog by sending the link to your family and friends so they can stay cyber-aware too!