October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity awareness has never been more important than it is right now. Governments, businesses, and individuals are increasingly under attack by cybercriminals looking for profit or political gain. It seems like everywhere you look, malware attacks are on the rise, from cyberespionage attempts on mobile phones to ransomware attacks on businesses. The topic even received national attention in the first presidential debate, where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said, “I think cybersecurity will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president.”

It’s a challenge for government and industry, yes, but it’s also a responsibility for each one of us to do our part. And that’s why we’re putting a spotlight on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

NCSAM, observed every October, was created by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to ensure that every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

And here’s how we’d like to help. Start building up your cyberknow-how by perusing our basic cybersecurity articles in the 101 category on Malwarebytes Labs. Next, you can level up to news about the latest in cybercrime, and, if you’re already a cyberafficionado, then head on over the threat analysis for a deep dive on malware intelligence.

Here are a few of our favorite articles to start things off:

  • How to tell if you’re infected with malware
  • 10 easy steps to clean your infected computer
  • 10 easy ways to prevent malware infection
  • Do I really need anti-malware for my Mac?
  • Top 10 ways to secure your mobile phone
  • Hacking your head: how cybercriminals use social engineering

To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, check out the resources on the Department of Homeland Security website, as well as these helpful tips to get involved from Educause and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Thanks, and happy (safe) surfing!

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