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Message from the President/CEO

Dear Member,

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which was created to ensure consumers have the resources they need to stay safe and more secure online. Below are some tips from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency Website; view full article here: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-003.

Identifying the people who have the capability to gain remote access to your devices is not simple. As long as your device is connected to the internet, you are at risk for someone accessing your information. However, you can significantly reduce your risk:

  • Improve Password Security
    • Create a Strong Password - Use a strong password that is unique for each device or account. Longer passwords are more secure. An option to help you create a long password is using a passphrase - four or more random words grouped together.
    • Use a Password Manager - Password manager applications manage different accounts and passwords while having added benefits, including identifying weak or repeated passwords.
    • Use Multi-Factor Authentication - Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a more secure method of authorizing access. It requires two out of three types of credentials (something you know, something you have, and something you are).
  • Choose Secure Networks - Use internet connections you trust, such as your home service or Long-Term Evolution connection through your wireless carrier. Public networks are not very secure, which makes it easy for others to intercept your data. If you choose to connect to open networks, consider using antivirus and firewall software on your device.
  • Keep Your Personal Electronic Device Software Current - Manufacturers issue updates as they discover vulnerabilities in their products. Automatic updates make this easier for many devices - including computers, phones, tablets, and other smart devices - but you may need to manually update other devices.
  • Be Suspicious of Unexpected Emails - Phishing emails are currently one of the most prevalent risks to the average user. The goal of a phishing email is to gain information about you, steal money from you, or install malware on your device. Be suspicious of all unexpected emails.

John J. Shirilla

If you have a question or comment and would like to share it with the President/CEO, you can email him HERE.  Your security is our top priority. Please do not include personal information in this email; such as your Account Number or Social Security Number.