Practice Safe Cyber

Staying safe in our cyber-connected world is a constant challenge. Threats are everywhere: scammers, hackers, predators and thieves are actively working to steal personal information, access accounts and take advantage of people. We want to assist residents in their efforts to protect themselves and their families online by practicing safe cyber. The City's Cyber Security Awareness campaign is an ongoing initiative throughout the year. Each month will focus on a different cyber security theme and information will be posted here, and on the City's social media platforms. We will work with our local community groups, schools, law enforcement and military partners, business associations and media outlets to help spread the word. There will be something here for everyone: young and not-so-young, parents, teens, small business owners. Virginia Beach is safest in crime. Let's be safest online by practicing safe cyber.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​New Device Safety Tips

​​iStock-845486992 rsz.jpg​As children return back to school with new technology devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, it's important to maintain ongoing cyber security practices to help keep your children and your family safe while online.

  • Change the default password on tech toys and gadgets that are Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-enabled. Most of these items come with a default or generic password that is easy to hack. 
  • Disable photo geotagging on all new devices. Savvy predators can use it to pinpoint your child's location from photos, videos or social media content they post.
  • Check the age rating and connectivity capabilities when buying technology games and make sure you purchase accordingly. 
  • Load new devices with educational apps and games for children before you give it to them. There are plenty that offer learning AND entertainment opportunities. Help pick them out.
  • Set up a central charging station in your home so kids don't have their devices in their room late into the night. Nine out of 10 children have their phone, tablet or computer in their room.
  • Change the password on your Wi-Fi routers and use built-in settings that establish the level of control your household needs for the kids, such as access times and website category blocking.
  • Set up non-administrative accounts on new devices for your children before you hand them over. This way, they can't change settings or download or install apps without your consent.
  • Remind your kids not to share any personal information online, such as their address, phone number or email address. Predators scan for that information and use it to track kids' moves and try to connect with them.
  • Remind your children to report any cyberbullying incidents and to treat others the way they would like to be treated. Be on the lookout for signs that your child is being bullied. 
  • Make sure your children know only to connect to trusted Wi-Fi networks and to avoid logging into sensitive accounts like e-mail or social media when they're away from a safe network.
  • Remind kids not to post pictures of friends without their permission. Everyone deserves the right to make their own decisions about their privacy.
  • Include online safety materials with your gift and review them as a family before they start using their new device.

Source: Center for Cyber Safety and Education

​The City of Virginia Beach is a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion

1.png​​​The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion program is a way to officially show your support. Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Being a Champion is easy and does not require any financial support.  

NCSAM Champions include companies and organizations of all sizes, schools and school districts, colleges and universities, nonprofits, government organizations and individuals​. Information on how to become a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion can be found at the Stay Safe Online website​. ​ 

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