Deborah Salmi

3 October 2012

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

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Avast Software is proud to be a champion that supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month with news and tips on how, together, we can make a safer digital society.

One-fourth of Americans victims of data breach

A survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance found that twenty-six percent of Americans have been told their personal information, such as password or credit card number, may have been exposed by a data breach. Almost 100% agree that a safe and secure Internet is crucial to economic security and they do not feel completely safe from viruses, malware and hackers. But the same survey found that 64% said they have never installed security software or apps to protect against viruses or malware!

Cybersecurity begins with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. These three simple steps are the starting point for staying safer and more secure online.

  • STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems. An obvious step is to install antivirus protection. We suggest avast! Free Antivirus.
  • THINK: Take a moment to be certain the digital path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your online actions could impact your safety or your family's. Avast! WebRep can help you determine if a website is trustworthy, for example.
  • CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.