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October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect Yourself Online

Every October since 2004, to remind all of us to focus on staying safe in the digital world. Many internet users do not realize how vulnerable they can be. In this article, Pulse explores easy steps internet users can take to promote good habits to make online experiences safer.

The internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. We use it for communication, shopping, entertainment, education, and even health care. However, as we spend more time online, we also become more vulnerable to cyber threats like phishing scams, malware, and identity theft. The following suggestions are simple to use and can help keep you and your loved ones safe while using the internet.

Use Strong Passwords

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to protect your online accounts is by using strong, unique passwords. Avoid using common words or phrases. Instead, opt for a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Additionally, consider using a password manager to securely store and manage your passwords.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts. When enabled, you’ll need to provide your password and a second piece of information, such as a one-time code sent to your mobile device. This makes it much harder for hackers to gain access to your accounts, even if they have your password.

Educate Your Family About Online Safety

Cybersecurity isn’t just about technical measures; it’s also about education and awareness. Take the time to teach your family members about online safety, including the dangers of clicking on suspicious links or sharing personal information. Encourage open communication about any online experiences or concerns they may have.

Keep Software and Devices Updated

Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software and devices. To stay protected, make sure all your devices and software applications are regularly updated. Turn on automatic updates whenever possible to ensure you have the latest security patches.

Be Cautious About Sharing Personal Information

Online scams often target individuals who share too much personal information on social media or other platforms. Advise your family to be cautious about what they share online, especially information like home addresses, phone numbers, and financial details. Additionally, be wary of unsolicited requests for personal information or money.

Another way to protect your whole-home digital ecosystem is with Pulse’s Pulse’s Adaptive WiFi+ suite. It includes the award-winning HomePass® app where users enjoy always-on, 24/7 network security, and allows you to control your network, access to the network, and all of the devices connected to it.

Pulse is proud to provide the most reliable, robust connection to the internet for our community. While you enjoy the fastest internet in Colorado, be sure to take a moment to think about how to stay safe.