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Internet: Do your part to keep cyber systems safe




(NC) -- We all depend on the Internet for work and play, and that's why keeping it safe is a shared responsibility. While businesses and government can put in place policies and initiatives that strengthen vital digital networks, individuals must make online safety a priority.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and it's a time when governments at all levels team up with business leaders from across Canada, the United States, and as far away as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, to raise awareness and create a digitally safer society. Think about transportation, banking and financial systems, medical records, emergency response, and so much more. Each one is critical and requires strong, secure networks and connections to support everyday life—and it is the deeply connected systems of computers and data that make it all possible.

Individuals can help to keep cyber networks secure as well. Here are some simple steps to do your part:

Create strong passwords and change them often; avoid using automatic login features that save your username and password.

Keep security software updated and schedule your anti-virus/anti-spyware software to run regularly.

Keep your firewall on.

Enable automatic updates to keep your Internet browser and operating system updated with the newest version.

By following these tips we can ensure that our systems are secure, not only for ourselves but to protect Canada as a whole for generations to come.

Learn more about how to stay safe online at GetCyberSafe.ca.