Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and its public and private partners - including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) - to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens.
Over the course of the month, I will be reviewing NCSAM bulletins and bring you the salient points related to cybersecurity for small businesses as well as each of us who are online daily.
Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT recommendation from NCSAM and from BTG.
In 2014 I was using Windows 8 with a free version of AVG which I was very pleased with. It provided malware detection for blocking trojans and email scanning. They still offer the free version with the option to upgrade to their PRO version which adds protection on your Android smartphone. It has a MAC and PC version. $69.99/year
With the purchase of my new laptop, an HP PC running Windows 10, I installed McAfee Internet Security software. The software runs continuously on my laptop and provides email scans, total system scans, internet alerts/blocks, and automatic updates that enable my computer to recognize the latest malware. Currently their Total Protection for up to 5 devices is $29.99 for the first year for new customers. The regular price is $99.99 per year. Here’s a screen shot of my AVG dashboard – Automatic Updates: ON!
PCMag has reviewed more than 40 different antivirus utilities that handle Trojans, spyware, ransomware and other types of malware that will disrupt your secure online environment. Here are the top 5 “Editor’s Choice” antivirus programs as reviewed by PCMag’s Neil J. Rubenking in September of this year. Neil reviews the reports of five independent test labs to see what their findings are. Then he subjects the software to his own test to determine their ability to block malware from corrupting his PC.
Keep your operating system, web browsers and other software current as well, and backup computer files on a regular basis. You can recover quickly from ransomware attacks if you have a current backup.