It’s been 20 years since the first Cybersecurity Month was first held. Yes, 20 years! Every October, the government and businesses, including TDS, work to raise awareness on the importance of cybersecurity. National efforts are co-managed by the Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA).
This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month make sure you limit the threats to your data by taking the time to learn how viruses work and tips to keep your computer and phones safe.
Here are four steps to stay safe online:
- Use Strong Passwords: Strong passwords are long, random, unique and include all four-character types (uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols). Password managers are a powerful tool to help you create strong passwords for each of your accounts.
- Recognize and Report Phishing: Be cautious of unsolicited messages asking for personal information. Avoid sharing sensitive information or credentials with unknown sources. Report phishing attempts to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at email@example.com and delete the message.
- Update Software: Ensuring your software is up to date is the best way to make sure you have the latest security patches and updates on your devices. Regularly check for updates if automatic updates are not available.
- Turn on MultiFactor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked. Enable MFA on all your online accounts that offer it, especially email, social media and financial accounts.
Protect yourself by using a solution like TDS’ Internet Security Suite. The package is available for $4.95 per month for up to five devices and $6.50 per month for 10. The first 30 days are free! Customers can save over 50% with our TDS Internet Security Suite Bundle for only $16.95 per month. It includes Wi-Fi+, Remote PC Support and TDS Internet Security.
Call 1-866-734-0704 for more information about our protection plans for you and your family.