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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to share some tips and bring greater awareness to the issue. 

According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, there are multiple tips to keep you safe at home, at work and when traveling. These tips are vital to keeping your work, your clients’ information and your identity safe and protected.

Here are a few of the top tips for cybersecurity.

Treat all information as personal information

One key to remaining safe at work and at home is to treat all information for you and your clients as if it is personal information. Whether it’s a simple email, document share or complex and confidential, protect it all at a high level. This includes encrypting emails, not giving out information over the phone or in email, and using unpredictable passwords. 

Stay up to date

Another element to staying safe online is to keep your programs up to date. With updated protection software, passwords and a general awareness of current scams can go a long way toward keeping your information safe.

Some common scams to be aware of during 2020 are COVID-19 scams, imposter scams or phishing scams. The most basic rule of thumb is to not click or engage with anything you may find suspicious. 

Increase your security 

It’s important to take extra precautions whenever possible. If a login offers two-factor security, take the time to set it up and use it. Avoid free WiFi that is not encrypted. Don’t disclose personal information over the internet or phone, especially your SSN, bank account or other highly sensitive information.