Cyber Security Awareness
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Cyber Security Awareness

Some Tips for Safe Computing

  • Use strong passwords
    • Upper and lower case letters
    • Numbers and symbols
    • At least 8 characters long
  • Use virus protection and keep it up to date
  • Perform regular virus scans
  • Change default passwords
  • Backup all files to an external drive
  • Do not open any unexpected email attachments
  • Do not click on links in email messages unless you're expecting them
  • Keep your operating system and other software up to date
  • Install all updates and patches
  • Use a firewall on your computer
  • Before sending personal information over the Internet, be sure you have a secure connection and that you know who it’s going to – make sure the lock symbol in your browser is locked indicating a secure connection
  • Do not download files from untrusted sources

If you are the victim of a cybercrime

​For Individuals
  • ​​​Immediately notify your local authorities and file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center​
  • If you think a site has collected your personal information in a way that violates the law, report it to the Federal Trade Commission
  • If someone has had inappropriate contact with you, report it to CyberTipline and they will coordinate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities
  • If you receive an online solicitation, make a report at CyberTipline​ or call their hotline: 1-800-843-5678
  • If you are the victim of online fraud, report it to the Department of Justice 

​For Businesses 
  • ​​Inform local law enforcement or the state attorney general as appropriate.
  • Report stolen finances or identities and other cyber crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center​​
  • Report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at Federal Trade Commission
  • Report computer or network vulnerabilities to US-CERT or call their hotline: 1-888-282-0870

To schedule a free training/presentation for your group or business please contact Elia James at or 317-506-7770.

For more tips download our brochure here and take a look at our monthly newsletter.

DHS Cyber Security Brochure ​