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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb Wants You to be Prepared

STATEWIDE-October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb wants to make sure you and all Indiana residents are aware of all of the threats and dangers that can happen while you're in cyberspace. Holcomb has a strong partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its Indiana branch. 

"We've seen over the past several months how important cybersecurity is to citizens. Corporate breaches, citizens being caught by viruses or phishing emails, information is getting out to criminals," said Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely, who oversees the Indiana Office of Technology. "There is a true need for more cybersecurity personnel and there are job opportunities open now for folks looking to make a difference." 

John Erickson is a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. He says managing your social media accounts wisely is of paramount importance. What you post on social media sites can give thieves information they need to rip you off. 

"You may want to wait to post those pictures from vacation. You should do that when you get back from vacation. You don't want to broadcast that you're out of town. You don't want to let people who might want to rob your home or otherwise do something nasty to your household know that you are away. You may want to limit showing your location. Be careful with how much you share and who has permissions to your accounts," Erickson said. 

Other helpful tips for Cybersecurity Awareness Month include: 

1. Don't click on links from unknown sources. 
2. Use strong passwords with laptop, credit, bank and other accounts. Don't share passwords. 
3. Keep your browser secure. Use encryption software that scrambles information you send over the Internet. 
4. Safely dispose of personal information. 


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