The most important message home computer users can get from National Security Awareness Month is Stop | Think | Connect:
"STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone."
Identity theft is a serious issue and is a major reason why it is important to Stop | Think | Connect. With the popularity of social networking sites (i.e., Facebook and Twitter), it is all the more important to be cautious about the personal information shared in those and other venues.
If you shop online, conduct online banking, use public computers or a mobile phone, please take some time to review the recommendations on the Microsoft Online Safety & Privacy pages.
Although not particularly sophisticated, the information and tips provided with the Online Identity Risk Calculator are spot on. All it takes to calculate your personal identity risk score, is to answer 10 questions about your online activity and how it can make you more vulnerable to identity theft as well as fraud.
I took the test and am pleased that my risk level is low.
See how you do with the Online Identity Risk Calculator.
- Microsoft Safety and Security Center
- Stay Safe on Line: National Cyber Security Awareness Month
- Stop | Think | Connect
- Trustworthy Computing: TwC and NCSA - 10 Years of Online Safety & Security