Posts Tagged: ‘National Cyber Security Awareness Month’

Protecting Your Business from Cyber Security Threats

Cyber Security is a concern for all business and residential computer users.

We are delighted to present Protecting Your Business from CyberSecurity Threats conducted by Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Geeks On Call was proud to have been a 2013 Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. During October we presented information about Cyber Security safety through our monthly newsletter, blog posts and a social media campaign. We felt that this webinar would continue to help educate and make everyone understand how to be safe and protect their business online.

Leave us a comment and  let us know how you are protecting yourself from Cyber Security Threats!


Cyber Security Month Champion Partner!

It’s Official! Geeks On Call is a Champion Partner for National Cyber Safety Awareness Month. We are  proud to be a champion partner and demonstrated our commitment to Cyber Safety!

Our franchise owners are dedicated to cyber security and its impact on residential and commercial businesses year round. Throughout October, we will be sharing cyber security information through newsletters, social media posts, blog posts, and available promotions.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT. This is a simple message that the National Cyber Security Alliance believes everyone must adopt. Everyone has to take safety precautions and understand the outcomes of our related to our on-line activity.

The National Cyber Security Alliance concentrates on these guidelines to ensure safety on-line:

•Awareness –Increasing public knowledge and understanding surrounds cybercrimes that are taking place on the Internet every day.

•Education – Informing everyone about on-line safe practices and who to contact with if they are a victim of cybercrime or think they may be a victim. Encouraging business owners to teach their about online safety measures and making sure parents are communicating with their children about being safe online.

•Culprits – Knowing what contributes to cybercrime, and what cyber criminals focus on puts you in a powerful positions.  Malware – short for “malicious software package” is many times a cyber criminals go to maneuver.   Malware incorporates viruses and software which is installed on your computer or mobile system without your knowledge. These programs could potentially cause your computer to be to crash or be used to monitor and control your web activity.

•Prevention – The number one line of defense is to avoid Malware, keeping a “clean machine” will help! Install the latest security software, complete automatic updates and protect all of your devices that connect to the Internet.

Since it is National Cyber Safety Awareness Month, we have assembled this short quiz to help you test your very own online awareness. We encourage that you put your Cyber Security knowledge to the test (but don’t worry, the answers are at the bottomJ).

1. You are deciding on what personal information to post about yourself in an online profile.      You decide to:

A. Review the information carefully before you post it because you do not want to post too much information about yourself.
B. In order to prevent misuse of your information, don’t post too much information about yourself on Facebook, personal websites, your blog, or in chat rooms.
C. Go ahead and post information about yourself online, because you can always choose to edit it later if you don’t want people viewing certain information. 
D. BOTH A & B.
2. You should be aware of pop-ups and downloads.  (True or False)
3. Malware is a type of software designed to cause viruses.  (True or False)
4. When you create passwords, you should make them easy to guess.  (True or False)
5. When it comes to online shopping, you can safely shop from any site. (True or False)


  1. D.  Own your online presence. When available, take the time to understand and set privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. You should know who will see the content before you post it.
  2. TRUE.  Pop-ups and downloads can contain viruses that could infect your computer. You can avoid viruses by Keeping a Clean Machine and having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices.
  3. TRUE. Malware, short for malicious software, is designed to cause damage or disruption to a computer system or to use a computer to send spam, distribute malware or launch an attack on other computers. You can avoid malware by Keeping a Clean Machine and having the latest operating system, software, web browser, anti-virus protection and apps on your computer and mobile devices. Remember, all devices that connect to the Internet need protection.
  4. FALSE.  You should create passwords or use passphrases (a group of words) that are easy to remember, BUT hard to guess.  Make your passwords long, strong and unique by using a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password for different accounts. Write your passwords down and keep them in a safe place away from your computer.               
  5. FALSE.  When shopping online, you should always shop from trusted and well-known websites and always with a parent or other adult present. When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://,” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.


If you have questions about National Cyber Security Awareness Month or would like to get involved you can go to the National Cyber Security Awareness Website:


Are you aware that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Cyber security begins with a simple message that every Internet user must remember:


This annual awareness month was created as a combined effort between United States government and the business community to guarantee that every American has access to the information and resources they need to stay secure and safe on-line. Since its beginning ten years ago under the guidance of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, this awareness month is growing by leaps and bounds annually.  It is focused on reaching everyday users, small and medium-size businesses, corporations, educational institutions, non-profits, and young people throughout the nation.

In 2013, on-line frauds and scams increased by 355% with this illegal activity disseminating through financial dealings, healthcare records, transportation systems and social media sites. Some scams even involve a phone call to gain remote computer access to computer in an effort to steal information.

Geeks On Call is invested in helping you, your company and your family, stay protected and informed on-line. During Nationwide Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have been sharing cyber security information on Facebook and Twitter.  Join our online communities because we will be sharing reports, information and tips regularly.

If you are interested in learning more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here is a list of helpful resources:

Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Keep Your Business Safe:

Keeping Your Machine Clean from Malware, Botnets and Viruses:

Cyber Security Awareness Resources and Tip Sheets:

ID Theft and How to Report a Cyber Crime:

Cyber Bullying Tips for Parents:

FBI’s Alert on Cyber Crimes Against Children and Social Networking Sites: