June is National Internet Safety Month. Are you protecting your online presence?
We all need to be more aware of our Internet surroundings and educate others on how to use the Internet responsibly.
National Cyber Security Alliance encourages all Internet users to follow a few simple steps when connecting to the Internet.
Here are 3 things the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ campaign advises:
STOP: Before using 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, your kids' safety or that of your family.
CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've taken the right steps to safeguard yourself, your family and your computer.
The campaign is led in the government by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
They encourage every adult to take time to teach a young person about online safety so they use good judgement and behavior when they connect to the Internet. And it's not only important for young people, adults need to take caution when engaging in any Internet activity.
The National Cyber Security Alliance will be participating in a Twitter chat this month about online safety and security. Join the @Verizon and @STOPTHNKCONNECT Twitter chat on Thursday, June 21st from 3-4:00 p.m. ET. You can follow the Twitter hashtag #OnlineSafety. They are also on Facebook.
Let's work hard on keeping the web a safer place!
P.S. Regina Smola has spoken at NAMS about this very topic. In fact, one of her presentations was The Scary Truth About Internet Security: How to protect your Online presence. It's something she is very passionate about and has made it her mission to teach others how to be more secure online and in their business.