Indiana agencies offer reminders to prevent cybersecurity crime

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) have offered reminders for Indiana residents to protect their personal information and prevent cybersecurity crime.

“By the millions, Americans are falling victim to hackers who break into their online information whether attacking their digital devices directly or striking the systems of major corporations with which they do business,” Chief Information Officer of IOT Dewand Neely said in a press release.

IDHS and IOT offered the following tips to keep your private information safe while online:

  • Don’t click on links sent from unknown sources.
  • Use strong passwords with a laptop, credit, bank and other accounts. Do not share passwords.
  • Don’t overshare on social media sites. If you post too much information about yourself, an identity thief can find information about your life, use to answer “challenge” questions on your accounts and get access to your money and personal information.
  • Keep your browser secure. To guard your online transactions, use encryption software that scrambles information you send over the Internet. A “lock” icon on the status bar of your Internet browser means your information will be safe when it’s transmitted. Look for the lock before you send personal or financial information online.
  • Safely dispose of personal information. Before you dispose of a computer, get rid of the all the personal information it stores. Use a wipe utility program to overwrite the entire hard drive. Before you dispose of a mobile device, check your owner’s manual, the service provider’s website, or the device manufacturer’s website for information on how to delete information or transfer information to a new device.

IDHS, IOT and the Indiana State Police are among multiple state agencies partnering to operate a state Information Sharing and Analysis and Center (ISAC), which aims to help the cost of cybersecurity.

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