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October 2014 Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Each October, National Cyber Security Month reminds us of the importance of protecting ourselves online. By being aware and taking precautions, we can prevent ourselves and our customers from being victims of cybercrime, hackers, ID theft, viruses, and more. 
The key to cyber security is protecting your confidential information. Cyber criminals target your passwords, usernames, banking credentials, credit card number, and other confidential information to commit identify theft or worse. Most users don't realize that their computer often stores confidential and personal data which can be accessed through malware or hacking.
We believe consumers can be more secure with the right measures to protect their valuable assets and their good name.  They need to be active when practicing their right to privacy and to prevent being tracked by big data marketers and others.

The solution is to use a holistic approach toward your data privacy and security.  That includes using multiple proactive protection tools and not simply using reactive ID theft protection which helps after a potential problem has been detected.   There are many tools consumers should use and some include using a secure email account and storing your electronic data using encryption and better yet, on servers located in Switzerland.  Also, consumers should use software designed to permanently delete sensitive files.  Free or cheap email costs consumers in the end from the loss of privacy and unwanted ads.  It also exposes them to having their data shared or sold without their permission.  

Using secure online connections at home and while away from home using a Virtual Private Network is also important to protect your web activity.  Free or unsecured Wi-Fi networks can make it easy for thieves to eavesdrop on your activity.  Avoid making any sensitive transactions like banking or shopping while using an unsecured connection.   Additionally, anonymity is a good practice.  Using anonymous luggage tags which do not display your name and address can safeguard your home should your luggage get into the wrong hands.

We can’t control criminals or how big and small retailers protect data they may have about us, but we can take control of our privacy through protective measures.  While no protection is 100% when dealing with criminals, consumers can drastically reduce the chances of being hacked, tracked or have their data stolen.  Looked at another way, not being protected drastically increases your odds of being a victim.
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