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Set strong passwords. Setting strong passwords – and choosing different passwords for different accounts – is an important step to safeguarding your accounts. Ensure your passwords, especially for sensitive accounts like banking, mail, or shopping websites, are unique, with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Enable two factor authentication whenever it is available.
For more cyber tips, please visit dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect.
This month is a time to focus on how cybersecurity is a part of everyone’s lives, and how each person has a responsibility to keep the Internet safer for all.
This October also marks the five year anniversary of the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign. In five years, Stop.Think.Connect. has spread the online safety message across the globe, primarily through its important partnerships with industry, government, non-profits, academia, and invidividuals. As a Friendof Stop.Think.Connect., you play an important role in promoting cybersecurity awareness in your homes, schools, work places, and communities. Thank you for supporting Stop.Think.Connect. and advocating for safer online behavior.
For National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015, we are looking at how cyber impacts Americans in all aspects of their lives – at home, at school, at work, and on-the-go. Through this lens, we can more clearly recognize how cybersecurity is a “shared responsibility” for all. Whether it’s protecting their family from identity theft, protecting their workplaces from cyber attacks, or protecting their communities from cyber predators, everyone has a role to play in making the Internet safer for themselves and everyone.
Technology is constantly evolving and improving. Thanks to the Internet and cyber technology, we can now bank from our phones, connect with people instantly from across the world, and accomplish a multitude of daily tasks from our mobile devices and computers. While a sophisticated suite of cyber tools and a wide range of cyber professionals work to protect our networks, there are simple steps anyone can take to do their part in making the Internet more secure:
- Keep a clean machine. Keep the operating systems and software updated for all of your devices connected to the Internet – including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other smart devices.
- Limit what you share online. Keep sensitive information about yourself private. Do not share your full name, birthdate, address, credit card or social security numbers. This is information that can threaten your physical security or lead to identity theft.
- Don’t believe everything you see. Be cautious about emails and messages from people you do not know. Don’t fall for offers of free things or winning money, they are typically scams to get you to click on malicious links or provide personal, sensitive information. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on how to protect yourself online, visit dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect.
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Download the Commuter Emergency Plan (PDF).
Community: Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Gone. The Battle Creek Police Department wants you to enjoy your time away, worry free.
A potential burglar looks for signs of a vacant house, but you can use these tricks to protect your home and fool anyone into thinking you’re there.
Here’s a few things to look out for:
- A dark quiet house is a dead giveaway that nobody is home. Put a few lights on a timer to mimic what you would be doing on a typical night. Put your TV on a timer for a few hours each night to make it more realistic.
- An exterior light and a motion detector is another great first line of defense. It gives a burglar less places to hide in the dark while looking for a place to break in.
- Invest in a security system. Make sure everyone in the household knows how to operate the system, and they use it daily. Place the stickers or yard signs near the front or back door. This will be a deterrent for a potential burglar.
- Lower your home phone volume to the lowest ring setting. An unanswered phone could tip off a burglar that no one is home.
- A sure sign that a house is empty is piled up newspapers, flyers or mail in the mailbox. Have a friend or neighbor swing by daily to pick them up. Canceling the paper and mail is an option, but you never know who could get that list. If you are going to leave your house for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn taken care of as well.
- Make sure that all exterior doors have sturdy deadbolt locks. Patio doors should be secured with a pipe or piece of wood that fits into the track to prevent the door from being forced open.
- Many groups or fellow military families compile a list of deployed service members in order to send care packages and letters. Their intentions are sincere, but if this list of families is lost, your house may be an easier target to a burglar. For your home safety, refrain from giving out your personal information.
- Use your family and friends for support during a deployment, but avoid posting stickers or ribbons on your house because they tell everyone driving by that your spouse is not home.
- Never leave a key under doormats or any other fairly obvious outdoor location. A burglar will most likely find it. Give a key to a trusted neighbor in case you’re ever locked out.
- Close all drapes and blinds before you leave. It’s imperative to shut them in rooms where expensive items are on display. To a thief it’s an advertisement for all the things they could have if they broke in. Invest in a safe or safety deposit box to store cash, jewelry and other valuables. If it is an irreplaceable item, this will be the safest place for it.
- Social media is great for keeping up with friends, but it’s also a great way for unwanted strangers to know when you leave for a trip. Let your kids know they shouldn’t post of Facebook, Twitter or their blog about leaving for a trip.
- Keep your shrubs and trees manicured, especially near all doors and windows. This limits places for a potential burglar to hide when looking for a point of entry.
- Turn off the garage door so it can’t be opened with a universal remote.
- If you are driving and parking at an airport, make sure you leave the GPS at home. A thief would be able to plug in the device, click home and find an empty house.
- Call the police to let them know you will be gone for a while. Patrol officers assigned to your area would be notified and extra patrols will take place.
We want you to enjoy your vacation. Relax and have fun worry free, knowing that you have done everything possible to secure your house and your prized possessions.
10.06.2015 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Battle Creek SKYWARN/ARES/RACES Tuesday Night Net
10.06.2015 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Battle Creek City Commission Meeting
10.07.2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Help-Net/Hospital Net Check In
10.13.2015 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Battle Creek SKYWARN/ARES/RACES Tuesday Night Net
10.14.2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CERT, SAR & RACES Meeting