In the United States, November 30th is Computer Security Day. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness to the risks of the internet and urge users to protect themselves and their technology. As the years have progressed the internet has become a greater and greater part of everyday life. It is uncommon to walk down a city street and not see a cellphone, tablet, or Bluetooth speaker in someone’s ear. What these people don’t think about is the risk that comes with having the latest technology. Today, it is encouraged that people take a step back and review some of the tips that can keep them and their technology safe from potential threats.
Computer Security Day made its debut in 1988. Although the this holiday doesn’t get as much publicity as some of the others there are still schools, businesses, and government agencies that take the time to celebrate it. These organizations take the time to bring awareness and take action against cyber security.
- Start by changing all of those old passwords. Passwords that are older or having the same one for all accounts can put you at risk for getting hacked.
- Update or purchase spyware or malware protection for all of your devices.
- Backup any important or personal information that you would lose if you were a victim of a hacking or virus. It never hurts to have a copy.
- Business and organizations: have a meeting or seminar to bring cyber security awareness to other individuals. This is a fun and informative way to honor the holiday.
- Don’t forget about your home! Make sure you update and secure any home wireless network.
The first computer virus attacked Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) which was the forerunner of our modern day internet. The virus was named Creeper Virus.
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