October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

10/04/2021
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Cybersecurity is essential for identity protection

Use October to improve your cybersecurity.

Rolling into the 10th month of the year, Halloween isn’t the only occasion worth recognizing. October highlights our need for awareness of real scares on the information superhighway that can compromise our security and privacy.

Welcome to October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The origin of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

As the internet grew into its own in the early 2000s, security threats ballooned, uncovering a dire need for safety and vigilance. Thus, in October 2004, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

This association has proven to be a most auspicious partnership.

Over the course of the next 18 years, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign has grown from just offering advice to update antivirus software to involving organizations, their employees, customers, and the general public the world over in the quest for awareness.

In 2011, the NCSA and the DHS kicked off the concept of weekly themes throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The aim was to better express the various aspects of cybersecurity so that different teams could focus on the themes they related to most.

This year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has joined the team, and the overarching theme for October 2021 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

Why you need cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is important for a number of reasons.

There are countless reports of identity theft, background check errors, and bad credit due to weak cybersecurity. The reality is that cybercriminals seem virtually unstoppable when it comes to stealing unsuspecting victims’ personal information, data, and money. They have all sorts of tools in their belt, employing sophisticated methods to get their hands on your confidential details to ply their illegal trade.

Most people store their private details — like their name, date of birth, address, Social Security number, and even passwords — right on their devices as a matter of course. Cybercriminals can obtain such confidential info through:

  • Computer theft
  • Vishing
  • Unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  • Removable media 
  • Internet downloads
  • Phishing
  • And more

Practicing superior cybersecurity can help prevent you from falling victim to these harmful schemes. Don’t leave your private details vulnerable to criminals who will use them to do everything from taking advantage of government benefits in your name to making excessive unauthorized purchases — that’s a great way to see a huge drop in your credit scores. Protecting your devices and information also protects your identity so thieves can’t use it for their own purposes. Save yourself the headache of having to deal with identity theft issues and background check errors.

To keep your cybersecurity game on lock, your best defense may be to sign up for one of our legal packages today. Go on — show us how cyber smart you are.


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