Check in On Your Cyber Footprint During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Whether you are working from home, attending courses or using social media, your online presence has most likely expanded in the last year. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is every October and asks for you to do your part to make sure that the online world is safer and more secure for everyone. As our lives become increasingly online, it’s important to understand cybersecurity as the extremely vital infrastructure that it has become.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency offers a variety of Tip Sheets for you to learn more about keeping your family, workplace and social media accounts safe. Here are some practical tips if you are interested in learning more about cybersecurity: 

  • Secure your Wi-Fi Network. Your home’s wireless router is the primary entrance for cybercriminals to access all your connected devices. Secure Wi-Fi and digital devices by changing the default password and username.
  • Utilize a password manager to remember passwords. The most secure way to store all your unique passwords is by using a password manager. With just one password, a computer can create and save passwords for every account that you have – protecting your online information, including credit card numbers and their three-digit codes, answers to security questions, and more.
  • Update your privacy settings. Set the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing

In our Online Library 24/7 section, you can find Skillsoft  which offers thousands of self-paced eCourses, eBooks, and videos from certified industry experts on cybersecurity, information technology, business practices and more. Whether you would like to learn more about Internet security, network infrastructure, or mobile threats, the courses offered include pre-testing to evaluate your knowledge of the subject and have lessons that allow you to work through the course content. If you need a faster look into cybersecurity, the videos on Skillsoft allow for introductions into cyber security subjects in under 5 minutes. No matter what you are trying to learn about protecting yourself, you can do so using Skillsoft. 

Are you interested in learning more about cyber security? You can find a variety of other resources to help with your skill building on the Santa Clara County Library District website 24/7. Try O’Reilly to get instant access to videos and full-color reference eBooks geared toward the Information Technology sector. You can enjoy access to early releases for titles published by O’Reilly Media. 

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