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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to make sure you’re protected from the latest dangers lurking in cyberspace.

Among the risks:
… Malicious code—viruses, worms, Trojan horses, etc.—that can disable and even take over your computer without your knowledge;
… Pedophiles who prowl the web, looking to exploit your kids;
… Con artists and organized criminals who use the ‘net as a cloak of anonymity to suck you into their scams, steal your identity, and rob you of your hard-earned money;

Please act now:

In conjunction with public and private sector partners, the FBI is also offering various educational initiatives and seminars across the nation on safe cyber behavior.

Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been up to recently:

  • In North Carolina, we’ve launched a Safe Online Surfing campaign in partnership with NASCAR driver J.J. Yeley that includes a poster and public service announcements;
  • In Albuquerque, Los Angeles, and other cities, we’ve teamed up I-Safe—a nonprofit organization that teaches kids how to be safe on the web—to make presentations and offer free materials to schools, religious groups, and other community organizations;
  • In Missouri, we joined with the U.S. Attorneys Catherine Hanaway and Bradley Schlozman to announce the creation of a new website called “INOBTR” (I Know Better), part of a multi-agency, statewide campaign to raise public awareness on child Internet safety;
  • In Springfield, Illinois, we provided a variety of tips on protecting yourself from Internet frauds, including “phishing” and counterfeit check scams; and
  • In Houston, Kansas City, Miami, San Antonio, and elsewhere, our agents have provided Internet safety tips in various public forums.

Through it all, our advice is simple: be crime smart when it comes to the Internet, this month and in the future.

More Resources:
-- Common Internet Frauds
-- Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
-- The Internet Crime Complaint Center
-- Protect Your Workplace materials with practical cyber security guidance
-- DHS U.S. Computer Readiness Team (US-CERT)
-- U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood Initiative
-- More “Be Crime Smart” protections