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.

​​​​October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month - Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. ​

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With Americans spending as much as 12 hours a day​ connected to technology, it's more critical than ever to secure interconnected devices. 

Hackers have developed sophisticated ways to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims but, there are several simple steps you can take to help stay safe and more secure online.

As National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues, here are some tips to help better safeguard your digital profile. Taking a few proactive steps will indeed help to enhance your cyber safety and security at home, at work and while out and about.

  • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: Consider using the longest password or passphrase permissible. Get creative and customize your standard passphrase for different sites, which can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach. Use password managers to generate and remember a different, complex passphrase for each of your accounts. Learn more about best practices for securing online accounts.
  • Double Your Login Protection: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media and any other service that requires logging in.
  • Update Privacy Settings: Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don't know where to find them? Use the direct links shared on NCSA's manage your privacy tool to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.
  • Shop Safe Online: A good place to start is to conduct research. When using a new website for purchases, read reviews and see if other consumers have had a positive experience with the site. Once you have made a buying decision, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Lastly, be sure to make safe payment options: use a credit cards because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer if the product isn't delivered or isn't what was ordered. Find tips on being a safe and secure shopper here.
  • Always Play Hard to Get with Strangers: Cybercriminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you're unsure who an email or message is from, even if the details appear accurate, or if the email looks "phishy," do NOT respond and do NOT click on any links or attachments found in that email. When available, use the "junk" or "block" option to no longer receive messages from a particular sender. Avoid getting hooked by a cybercriminal with these phishing tips.

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

We're a Champion.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​. ​ 

Practice Safe Cyber: Beware of the Phishy Email