Keeper Security is celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) with resources and special offers to help individuals, businesses and political campaigns protect themselves against cyberthreats
NCSAM, recognized every October, is an important annual event where government and industry leaders work together to increase awareness of cybersecurity best practices.
However, cybersecurity awareness and best practices cannot be confined to just 31 days a year. With more than 30,000 websites being hacked every day, it is critical that we remain vigilant and continue the conversation all year long. No target is too small. Whether you are an individual consumer or you represent a small business or even a political campaign, you are at risk.
Keeper is committed to preventing data breaches and other cyberattacks through stronger password security, and throughout the month of October, we’ll be doing our part to recognize NCSAM through special offers and cybersecurity tips and resources. Here are just a few of the things we have planned.
Discounted packages for cash-strapped political campaigns
Election security has dominated headlines in recent years, but securing our elections isn’t just about protecting voting machines or voter rolls. The weakest links in election security are often the grassroots political campaigns that are moving quickly, operating on tight budgets, and lacking in ample infrastructure and resources. It takes just one stolen password belonging to a staff member or volunteer to compromise the confidentiality and security of an entire campaign. To help preserve election security, Keeper is offering political campaigns 30 percent off its business products with Keeper for Campaigns (subject to governing campaign finance laws).
Discounted packages for businesses facing more frequent, complex and targeted cyberattacks
Cyberattacks on small businesses are happening more frequently and are more sophisticated and potentially destructive than ever before. A new research study by Keeper and Ponemon Institute, which will be released this month, found that more than three in every four small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have experienced a cyberattack in the previous 12 months, and SMBs report that these attacks are becoming more sophisticated and highly targeted. To help organizations shore up their biggest vulnerability — employee passwords — Keeper is offering 30 percent off its business plans in October.
Free data breach scan and discounted packages for consumers as we enter the holiday shopping season
One in five consumers begins their holiday shopping as early as October. The holidays are a hectic time, and the volume of digital information exchanged online, from travel arrangements to e-commerce shopping, is a virtual cornucopia for cybercriminals. Deloitte expects online sales to increase 14 to 18 percent this holiday season compared to last year. As online games and smart toys grow ever more popular, even holiday gifts themselves can pose security risks.
To help consumers and their families practice better password security, Keeper has created a free Data Breach Scan tool that will allow them to see whether their email and passwords have been stolen in a public data breach. Keeper is also offering individuals and families 20 percent off this month.
5 tips to stay secure online
In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are five quick tips to ensuring we all stay safe.
- Avoid using free Wi-Fi. Use a personal hotspot, which is much more secure, and be sure to disable mobile Wi-Fi and Bluebooth when not in use to prevent connecting to unknown networks or peer-to-peer devices. If you do need to use a public network, always use a VPN.
- Only patronize reputable shopping apps and websites. Look for the “https” URL and the padlock symbol.
- Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) whenever possible on all websites, applications and systems.
- Use biometrics only as a convenience feature or as a second factor for authentication. Unlike passwords, faces and fingerprints can’t be reset. Therefore, they can’t be used as a replacement for a password.
- Never reuse a password. Cybercriminals keep dictionary lists of the most commonly used passwords. They also know that if they are successful in breaching a single account, they will often be able to access multiple accounts for the same person due to the high frequency of password reuse.