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All this month during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), ITS News will share tips, resources and insights on ways to protect yourself online. In addition to providing information to empower individual consumers to be safer and more secure online, ITS News will provide some insights that IT professionals will find particularly helpful.

On these pages during October, you’ll learn how to reduce your risk when using debit and credit cards and how to protect yourself from phishing and other ploys. You will hear about Ransomware, firewalls and the fight against malware.

The experts providing this valuable information for National Cyber Security Awareness Month are from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Information Technology Services department and from the University’s IT community.

We all must do our part

Our local experts as well as representatives from the national public awareness campaign of  STOP. THINK. CONNECT. urge each and every one of us to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. Cybercrime has become too common in our connected world. For that reason, we each need to do our part to make the web a safer place.

NCSAM campaign celebrates 13 years

This is the 13th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the sixth year of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry that strives to ensure that all Americans have the resources to help themselves to become safer and more secure in their ever-expanding digital lives.

Consider consequences of your online actions

In today’s interconnected world, practicing good cyber security is critical, whether you’re using social media, banking online, ordering your groceries or shopping for other goods over the Internet, or downloading the latest cool app on your smartphone. The STOP. THINK. CONNECT campaign advises that you:

  • STOP: make sure security measures are in place.
  • THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online.
  • CONNECT: and enjoy the Internet.

During the month, please read the advice from our experts and visit for guidance from the national public awareness campaign.

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