At the launch of national Cybersecurity Awareness Month Naional Cyber Security Alliance unveiled “STOP | THINK | CONNECT” in Seattle. With the unified message, the goal is to help all digital citizens employ universal behaviours to protect themselves, no matter what they are doing online or how they are connecting to the Internet. We hope this will lead to a culture of cyber awareness in which online safety steps become second nature in our daily lives. The NCSA recommends that we keep our wits about us and think carefully about our online actions before we take them.

“STOP | THINK | CONNECT is about taking a moment to stop and think about the places we visit online, the information that we share, and the communities in which we participate before and while we are connected to the Internet. It’s a message that applies to everyone personally and speaks to individual control, but at the same time it extends a bridge from the individual to the global online community.

Remember, even with so many people and groups focused on creating a safer web experience for everyone, we all have a responsibility to take steps to protect ourselves online. In that spirit, we at rHour encourage you to: Stop. Think. Connect.

Google Security Checklist

  • Check for viruses and malware
  • Make sure your operating system is up to date
  • Make sure to perform regular software updates
  • Make sure your browser is up to date
  • Check your browser for 3rd-party programs/tools that require access to your credentials
  • Change your password
  • Check the list of websites that are authorized to access your Google Account data
  • Update your account recovery options
  • Use a secure connection to sign in.
  • Check for any strange recent activity from the ‘Last Account Activity’ entry at the bottom of your account.
  • Confirm the accuracy of your mail settings to ensure that your mail stays and goes where you want it to.
  • Watch out for messages that ask for your username and/or password. Gmail will never ask for this information.
  • Never give out your password after following a link sent to you in a message, even if it looks like Gmail’s sign-in page. Access Gmail directly by typing in your browser’s address bar.
  • Don’t share your password with other websites – Google can’t guarantee the security of other websites and your Gmail password could be compromised.
  • Keep secrets! Never tell anyone your password, or your secret question and answer; if you do tell someone, change it as soon as possible.
  • Clear forms, passwords, cache and cookies in your browser on a regular basis – especially on a public computer.
  • Only select ‘Stay signed in’ if you’re signing in from a personal computer.
  • Always sign out when you’ve finished reading your mail.