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The City of Pocatello is partnering with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and organizations from around the country to help residents better protect themselves online.
During the month of October, the City’s Information Technology Department will be taking part in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The effort seeks to educate people on how they can protect themselves and their dealings on the Internet.
“Your actions online can impact not only your own security but others as well,” Chris Sorensen, Chief Information Officer said. “Cyber security is everyone’s job and we all need to understand the risks as well as learn how to spot problem areas.”
Throughout the month, the City will be sharing tips, ideas, and tools through its social media pages to help residents protect their life online. A few of those tips are included below:
•Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
•Enable multi-factor authentication on your sensitive accounts. This requires you to use an additional piece of information to verify your identity (such as a PIN sent to your mobile device) to provide an added layer of security.
•Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
•Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
•Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
•Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more on what you can do to protect yourself online, visit the City of Pocatello Information Technology department’s Facebook page or dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.