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Cyber Smarts: Cybersecurity

The library is launching a series of talks, called Cyber Smarts, to help you safely navigate the Internet. The first talk will be presented by cybersecurity professional Brian Thompson at Salem Church Branch on September 5, 6:00-7:30.

The rise of digital media in our daily lives can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, it just seems easier to not worry about taking all the steps needed to stay safe online. Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be daunting. The National Cyber Security Alliance, with the Department of Homeland Security, has created an online safety awareness campaign to help everyone to stay safer online. The steps are easy to remember, just:

- Stop: make sure security measures are in place.

- Think: about the consequences of your online actions.

- Connect: and enjoy the Internet.

Learning about scams and spam emails, even through comedy, can protect you from falling for scams that put your money, personal information, devices, and safety at risk. Being able to discern the difference between emails and sites that are trustworthy and those that are not is an important part of cybersecurity. Another part is how you manage your passwords. Passwords act as a lock on your accounts, so make sure they are strong with lots of letters, numbers, and symbols. They should be hard to guess but easy to remember. That means names, birth dates, and addresses do not make good passwords. It’s fine to write down your passwords, but don’t keep them on or near your computer or mobile device.

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