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Better Business Bureau has partnered with Stop. Think. Connect., a global cyber security awareness campaign to help digital citizens stay safer and more secure online.

Stop.Think.Connect. aims to address the growing problems with online security and cybercrime.

“This partnership with Stop. Think. Connect. represents BBB’s ongoing dedication to protecting digital consumers,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “The marketplace is shifting to the Internet and cyber security knowledge is critical.”

BBB advises Internet users to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet. Here are its tips to do so:

n Keep clean machines. Keep all critical software — firewalls, virus scanners, Web browsers and operating systems — up to date.

n Protect personal information. Secure accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.

n Own online presences. Set security and privacy settings to appropriate comfort levels.

n When in doubt, throw it out. If emails, social network posts or text messages look suspicious, delete them immediately.

n Share with care. Good online citizens only post about others what they would want posted about themselves.

During October, BBB will be promoting National Cyber Security Awareness month.

Visit BBB’s Facebook page for more cyber security information.

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