Cybersecurity awareness refers to how much you know about the Cybersecurity threats your networks face, the risks you introduce and mitigating security best practices to guide your behavior.
Welcome to Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
Delaware Governor John Carney provides tips on how to stay cyber safe.
What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
This month is globally recognized as a time to introduce individuals to their responsibility for keeping personal and business-related information secure through ideas such as:
- General Cybersecurity awareness
- How to be cyber smart to protect yourselves at home and work
- Ways to detect scams
- Recognizing phishing attempts
- Options for cybersecurity careers
- Putting cybersecurity first
- View the Proclamation Governor John Carney declares October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month! September 29, 2021
- news.delaware.gov - October Is Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month, September 29, 2021
- DTI.delaware.gov - October Is Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month, September 29, 2021
How can I get more involved and attend cyber-related events?
Events occur throughout the year that are geared towards adults and children, especially during the Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October! Find more on the Digiknow Events page.
Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Who’s Tracking You?
Q. How am I being tracked?
You create digital footprints any time you use the Internet, mobile apps and social media games. This can be done by cookies that are downloaded each time you visit a website and accept the use of the website. Other ways your digital footprints are created and tracked is by allowing location tracking through various applications. Many times, people are unaware that they are allowing websites and applications to track them. It is important to understand what permissions you are giving to applications and websites. How to search and find your digital footprint.
Q. Who’s tracking me?
It could be as simple as a company tracking the websites you visit to push tailored advertisements on the webpages you access; however, it could also be something more malicious where hackers are trying to lure you into providing sensitive information or credit card numbers for their financial gain. Stalking Apps: What To Know.
Q. Where do I check on tracking?
A great place to start is with any mobile devices you use. Check the settings in all of your devices to determine what apps you are giving permission to track your location. This applies to computers and laptops too, so check your location settings there as well. Internet browsers are another way to track your location. Each browser has a help option to inquire how to clear tracking services. Visit How To Protect Your Privacy Online for assistance by browser type.
Q. Did I just give tracking permissions to someone else?
Mobile apps and games commonly played on social media sites ask for various permissions including, but NOT limited to:
- Location tracking
- Text Messages
BE CAREFUL! You are accepting these applications permissions to YOUR information and what you have permitted them to use it for. To learn more visit: What Your Mobile Apps REALLY Need - App Permissions.
What if I have more questions not covered here?
What is Delaware’s Open Data Portal?
Delaware’s Open Data Portal is used to enhance government services and accountability through transparency. To find out more, please visit Delaware Open Data Council.