Friday, February 5, 2010

Have You Changed Your Passwords Recently?

You may wonder immediately as to how changing your computer passwords relates to the world of emergency preparedness.  Believe it or not, cyber security is one of the 15 key "National Planning Scenarios" that emergency management agencies at both local and federal levels encourage personal and business-oriented preparedness.

This week, reports have been circulating about a number of cyber attacks on Google and Zeus Malware surfacing in emails from government domains. 

You can report email scams online to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and receive the latest information about email scams on their website

The Department of Homeland Security recommends the following tips for enhancing your safety online:
  • Install anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to your computer, and update as necessary. 
  • Create strong passwords on your electronic devices and change them often. Never record your password or provide it to someone else.
  • Back up important files.
  • Ignore suspicious e-mail and never click on links asking for personal information.
  • Only open attachments if you’re expecting them and know what they contain.
Additional tips are available at

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