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We work hard to keep you safe online all year long, but the good folks at the National Cyber Security Alliance have designated October as the month to raise awareness for this very worthy cause. We’ve asked our friend Michael from the NCSA to share with you a few tips — in addition to using OpenDNS — for protecting your cyber self. Take it away, Michael!

“Top Ways to Stay Safe Online,” by Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

The Internet is supposed to make our lives better, and for most of us, that’s exactly what it does. But the Internet has a dark side, and unless we take the proper precautions, this wonderful tool can end up causing us more harm than good. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to take a hard look how our online behaviors may be putting us in harm’s way. You don’t have to be a computer genius to protect yourself online and you don’t have to spend a lot of money. By following a few common sense tips, you can make the most out of your Internet experience, while protecting you and your family from online threats.

Protect your identity: On the Internet, your personal data (social security number, birth date, etc.) is extremely valuable and can be used against you. Keep it protected.

Protect your children: Children face unique risks on the Internet, and require unique rules and safeguards. Monitor your kids’ online activities closely. There are many tools available to help you protect them from online threats.

Protect your accounts. Choosing hard-to-guess passwords and changing them regularly can help prevent criminals from getting at your money or personal information.