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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: 8 Tips To Keep You Safe

October is my birthday month, but it’s also Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time set aside by the National Cyber Security Alliance to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves from cybercrime. From age 8 to 80, we are all at risk from some type of cybercrime. From identity theft, malicious virus attacks on our smart devices, cyberbullying and online predators that lurk in cyberspace to cause us harm in the real world.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, and, your business.  At Integral, we see people who are constantly taken advantage of because they don’t know what to do to protect themselves.  Please take a few moments and follow this list of tips to avoid being the next victim:

1. 90% of cyberattacks begin with emails. Hackers create emails that are socially engineered to get you to react and click to the information contained in them. Don’t click on links or attachments in emails and text messages that come from unknown sources. Avoid texting or emailing personal information.

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