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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Save yourself some scary surprises this October by being extra careful online. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and as part of a global cybersecurity awareness campaign, Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ to help digital citizens stay safe online.

Here are a few tips to stay cyber-safe and outsmart scamming ghouls and goblins:

Keep a clean machine. Whether it’s a PC, mobile device or laptop, make sure security software is current and up-to-date. Having the latest software on all devices can be one of the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.

Protect personal information. Secure accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.

Connect with care. Avoid opening unsolicited emails or links. Use caution when logging on to public Wi-Fi hotspots and send personal information only to websites that are fully encrypted.

Stay current. Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share it with friends, family and colleagues to encourage them to be web wise. Visit staysafeonline.org   for more ways to spot online problems and keep devices clean and safe.

Share with care. Good online citizens only posts about others what they would want to have posted about themselves



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