As chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m promoting oversight and responsible use of taxpayer dollars to prevent future attacks on government servers. As a consumer, I’m focusing – like all American should – in protecting my personal data because we all have an interest in keeping our electronic information safe. This is the focus of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Take these commonsense security measures to help prevent becoming a victim of a cyber attack.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Limit personal information you post online and use privacy settings: Set social networking sites to privacy to filter who is able to see personal information. Don’t send personal data like bank information via email. There is a potential that hackers could capture this information.
  • Protect Personal Information: Make passwords strong by using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Never share your password and create new passwords for each online account.
  • Keep it Clean: Update your operating system to protect against viruses and spyware.