viernes, 15 de octubre de 2010

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) have teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) again this year to help increase awareness about Internet security issues and to educate people about how to help protect themselves and their devices.

NCSA's mission is to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities, in partnership with others in the industry. Microsoft has held a seat on the NCSA Board since DHS created NCSA in 2001. Scott Charney, Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, was the company's original representative to the NCSA Board. For the last three years that seat has been held by Jacqueline Beauchere, a director in Trustworthy Computing Communications, focused on privacy and online safety.

Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of NCSA says, "NCSA's foundation is its partnership and collaboration with all of our member companies, and Microsoft is no exception. Working to raise awareness and help educate consumers about staying safe online is a responsibility shared among the industry, government, non-profits and consumers alike."

No one can guarantee complete safety in cyberspace, but we can take steps to help prevent criminals and identity thieves from stealing our personal information and accessing our computers. We can also minimize our exposure to other Internet security risks.
Follow these steps to help strengthen your computer's defenses:

1. Install antivirus software and antispyware software from a trusted source, such as Microsoft Security Essentials.
2. Keep all software up to date.
3. Use strong passwords and keep them secret.
4. Never turn off your firewall.
5. Use flash drives cautiously.


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