Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the Yonkers Police Department have announced the city is joining the national public awareness campaign for October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
This year is the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. The campaign was designed to educate people of the various threats online and to encourage them to do what is needed to stay safe.
Yonkers residents need to be reminded to follow certain steps to keep their personal assets and their information safe online, Spano said.
“In today’s modern age, cybersecurity is just as important, if not more important, than keeping your house and personal belongings from theft,” he said in a statement. “The Yonkers Police Department is on the front line of protecting our residents from the dangers and pitfalls of cyber activity by providing some easy to follow steps."
The Yonkers Police Department has released some suggestions for residents to boost their online safety, such as set strong passwords, don't share your passwords, reduce submitting any personal information, keep your operating system updated, enable your privacy setting when browsing and be vigilant about all information.
Residents are encouraged to learn about the online safety tips posted on the department's website, said Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
“We would like to remind our residents that as we become more dependent on modern technology and the use of the Internet, we should be vigilant in our efforts to protect sensitive information, such as passwords to financial records and social media sites,” he said in a statement.
More crime prevention tips can be seen on the City of Yonkers website.