Stay Safe While Browsing the Web

October 20, 2023

In today’s world, most of us don’t leave the front door unlocked. We protect our homes, loved ones and valuables from intruders with locks, alarms and other security measures. Cybersecurity is no different. It’s the practice of protecting other valuables such as your identity, banking, health records, and other sensitive information from digital attacks and theft.
In addition to cooler weather, leaves falling, crisper air, and fall festivities, October is the time of year we recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While taking necessary steps to protect personal information is a year-round practice, at Union Power, we use this time to emphasize helpful cybersecurity reminders across our team of employees and our members.
Given our increased reliance on internet-connected devices and gadgets, we would like to share a few cybersecurity tips from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). The CISA is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for strengthening cybersecurity and infrastructure protection. Here are four ways to keep you and your family safe online:
Implement multi-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification) on your accounts. The additional layer of protection makes it much harder for criminals to access your information. Even if a hacker obtains your password, they may be unable to access your accounts if multi-step verification is enabled.
Update your software This is one of the easiest ways to protect your personal data. When downloading a software update, make sure it’s coming straight from the company that created it. Beware of fake pop-ups that request urgent downloads. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.
Think before you click Most successful cyber-attacks start with a phishing email. Don’t take the bait when cyber criminals go phishing. Avoid emails (or texts) that look too good to be true, oddly urgent, poorly crafted, or include unusual requests
Create strong passwords using long, unique and complex words or phrases. Consider using a password manager to save time, work across all devices, protect your identity, and notify you of potential phishing websites.
For the young people in your household
Just as you would talk with your children about safety in the physical world, discuss ways to stay safe online. Help them understand the public nature of the internet, especially when sharing or posting things online is difficult (if not impossible) to take back. Just as you would guard your money or valuables, children need to learn to protect their personal information, especially on social networks. Also, inform them about the privacy and security settings on social networks and gaming sites.