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Sep 26, 2013 11:52 AM by MELISSA CANONE

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Consumers are being called to help protect the Internet as part of the 2013 National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign called "Our Shared Responsibility." This October is the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, marking a decade of efforts to educate millions about the importance of online security.

"With smart phones, tablets and computers, most Americans-from young to old-are connected to Internet one way or another. It is important for everyone to take personal responsibility for practicing safe and secure online behavior," said Louisiana Bankers Association Chief Executive Officer Robert Taylor.

LBA wants to help kick off the month by offering the following tips and advice on how to practice good online safety habits.

· Keep a clean machine by protecting all devices that connect to the Internet-along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
· Protect your personal information with unique passwords for unique accounts-separate passwords for every account helps to prevent attacks by cybercriminals.
· Connect with care by protecting your $-when banking and shopping, look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.
· Be web wise by thinking before you act-be wary of communications that demands you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true or asks for personal information.
· Be a good online citizen by helping the authorities fight cybercrime-report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.

Since 2004, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have coordinated efforts throughout the nation through the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. More information and resources can be found at www.staysafeonline.org and www.stopthinkconnect.org.

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