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Spot digital risks during Cyber Security Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. As part of a global cyber security awareness campaign, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington; and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering with STOP.THINK.CONNECT. to help digital citizens stay safe online.

“At BBB we’re focused on educating both consumers and businesses about how to protect themselves against online fraud,” said Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska Oregon and Western Washington. “By partnering with the Washington State Attorney General and STOP.THINK.CONNECT. we are dedicated to helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online.”

As part of BBB’s and the AGO’s commitment to cyber security awareness, both organizations encourage online users to take extra security measures this month by completing a few simple steps.

n Keep a clean machine. Whether it is a PC, mobile device or laptop, make sure security software is current and up to date. Having the latest software on all devices can be one of the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.

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

n Connect with care. Avoid opening unsolicited emails or links. Use caution when logging on to public Wi-Fi hotspots and send personal information only to websites that are fully encrypted.

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