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October 07, 2013
Consumer protection agencies promote cyber security

STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ Campaign Encourages Awareness During Cyber Security Month

SEATTLE – Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are proud to announce their participation as partners of STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™, a global cyber security awareness campaign to help digital citizens stay safer and more secure online.

“By collaborating with Better Business Bureau and partnering with the global STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ messaging campaign, the Attorney General’s Office hopes to reach as many consumers as possible to say: Stay safe online,” says Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “National Cyber Security Awareness Month is the perfect time to reinforce this message to keep Washington families safe.”

STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ aims to address the growing problems with online security and cybercrime; the AGO and BBB have partnered with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ to promote consistent, strong messaging.

“This partnership with the attorney general and STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ represents BBB’s ongoing dedication to protecting digital consumers,” says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “The marketplace is shifting to the Internet and cyber security knowledge is critical.”

The AGO and BBB advise Internet users to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet:

  • Keep Clean Machines: Keep all critical software—firewalls, virus scanners, Web browsers and operating systems—up to date.
  • Protect Personal Information: Secure accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.
  • Own Online Presences: Set security and privacy settings to appropriate comfort levels.
  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out: If emails, social network posts or text messages look suspicious, delete them immediately.
  • Share with Care: Good online citizens only post about others what they would want posted about themselves.

During October, the AGO and BBB will be promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month; visit BBB’s Facebook page and the AGO’s Internet Safety page for more cyber security information.

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The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit atg.wa.gov to learn more.

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington: This BBB is one of 114 bureaus in North America and the largest BBB by geographical service area. BBB is a neutral not-for-profit organization committed to trust in the marketplace. For more information on ethical business standards and BBB Accreditation, or to access free BBB Business Reviews, Charity Reviews, scam alerts or find local event information, contact BBB or visit bbb.org.

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