Our world has become increasingly digital and increasingly interconnected. Keep yourself cyber safe and protect yourself from a cyber-attack. According to FEMA, cyberattacks can lead to loss of money, theft of personal information, and damage to your reputation and safety.

  • Keep software and operating systems up to-date.
  • Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
  • Watch for suspicious activity. This could be any message that asks you to complete a task immediately, offers something that seems too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
  • Use encrypted (secure) internet communications.
  • Have antivirus and firewall solutions to block malware and other threats.
  • Regularly back up your files in an encrypted file or encrypted file storage device.
  • Limit the personal information you share online. Change privacy settings and deactivate location features.
  • Protect your home network by changing the administrative and Wi-Fi passwords regularly.

Refer to FEMA’s hazard fact sheet for more information about avoiding and responding to a cyberattack.