Cyber Security

Cyber security defines programs, policies, equipment, and procedures to protect our technology infrastructure. Cyber security threats come in a variety of forms including: hacking into networks, physically damaging equipment, gaining unauthorized access to systems, and sabotaging systems with viruses or malware.

What does this mean for you?

In an increasingly digital world, where we see everyone share aspects of their personal lives with more and more people. From social interaction to banking, everything is becoming digital. This requires awareness and thinking about what your actions on the internet may lead to.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

County Board proclaims October Cyber Security Awareness Month in St. Croix County.   Read the proclamation here.

Week 4: Online Banking & Shopping 

  • Shop with reputable retailers / use familiar websites
  • Beware of “to good to be true” amazing offers
  • Pay with credit, not debit
  • Refrain from using public computers or Wi-Fi when banking online
  • Check your bank statement and credit card statement regularly
  • Use strong passwords (see tips from week 2) and enable two-factor authentication

Previous Weeks' Information: 

Week 3: Seniors

Cybersecurity best practices for older adults

  • Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.
  • Think before you click
  • When in doubt, throw it out
  • Use different passwords for different accounts (see tips from week 2)
  • Be wary of unrealistic offers
  • Avoid phishing scams (if you think someone is pretending to be someone else, call the person you know and ask if it is really them)
  • Use multifactor authentication

Cybersecurity Best Practices

Privacy Tips for Older Adults

Week 2: Passwords

Tips for creating a unique strong password

  • Use a phrase and incorporate shortcut codes or acronyms
    • 2BorNot2B_ThatIsThe? (To be or not to be, that is the question)
    • 4Score&7yrsAgo (Four score and seven years ago)
  • Use passwords with common elements, but customized to specific sites
    • 4Score&7yrsAgo (Four score and seven years ago)
    • Pwrd4Acct-Fb (Password for a Facebook account)

How to keep a strong password secure

  • Don’t reuse your passwords
  • Don’t write your passwords down
  • Use a password manager
  • Don’t share your password

Facts About Passwords

Is my Password strong?  Test it here. 

Have you been Pwned? (Has your email or phone been part of a data breach) 

Week 1: Keeping your children safe online

  • Kids are susceptible to Cyber Predators, Cyber Bullying, and Identity Theft
  • Children ages 8-18 spend half of their waking hours online playing video games, downloading music, watching videos; etc. 
  • Teach your children how to create strong passwords or passphrases 
  • Use parental controls and filtering to protect them online

Kids Presentation from the Stop. Think. Connect Campaign by Homeland Security

Kids Cyber Security Handbook *Courtesy of KnowBe4 Security Awareness Training 

Gaming Safely Information by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Brochure

More Resources from the Department of Justice (DOJ)


Check back each week in October for new topics and helpful information!