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Cyber Security Outreach Program

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Make yourself, your business and your family aware of online security risks. Cyber security awareness is a way for you to prevent and reduce crime in Surrey – if you are aware, you are better protected.

Be Safe Online is a new City of Surrey cyber security outreach program that is part of the Public Safety Strategy that will give trusted and actionable education and resources to Surrey residents and Surrey small to medium-sized businesses. The goal is to reduce the incidence of cyber crime in Surrey.

“The City is actively working with Provincial Government partners to get the best information in the hands of our citizens and residents so they can protect themselves, their children, and their businesses from cyber crime and online risks.” – David Izzard City of Surrey Manager, Cyber Security

Cyber security tip: Set up 2-step verification for your passwords

The top password in 2015 was 123456. Even if your password wasn’t this simple, it probably wasn’t complex enough. The majority of passwords can be hacked in less than one second.

Change your password frequently, and set it up with 2-step verification to keep it as secure as you can.

Top 5 cyber security incidents for you and your family to know

You may know not to click on that text that tells you to "click here and send us your info to win $5000!" - but does everyone in your family? Learn the top 5 cyber security incidents for you to make you and your family aware of.

  1. Hacked passwords: The majority of passwords can be hacked in less than one second.
  2. Phishing: A kind of identity theft - when criminals lead you to a counterfeit website in hopes you'll enter your personal information. A phishing message may come through email, text, or social media, for example.
  3. Unsecured public WiFi: Unauthorized people access anything you are doing online if the WiFi is not encrypted. For example, they could access your passwords or read private email.
  4. Ransomware: Criminals unlock your computer from a remote location, and display a pop-up window on your computer, informing you that it won't be unlocked until a sum of money is paid.
  5. Online bullying: Also called cyberbullying, online bullying is anything that purposefully offends, hurts or harms anyone.

Top 5 cyber security incidents for you to know to protect your business

The majority of small to medium-sized businesses which suffer a cyber security incident do not survive. Get familiar with the top 5 cyber security incidents to protect you, your employees and your business.

  1. Ransomware: Criminals unlock your computer from a remote location, and display a pop-up window on your computer, informing you that it won't be unlocked until a sum of money is paid.
  2. Hacked Passwords: The majority of passwords can be hacked in less than one second.
  3. Unsecured public WiFi: Unauthorized people access anything you are doing online if the WiFi is not encrypted. For example, they could access your passwords or read private email.
  4. Staff education and awareness: You may know how to avoid cyber crime - but do your employees?
  5. Phishing: A kind of identity theft - when criminals lead you to a counterfeit website in hopes you'll enter your personal information. A phishing message may come through email, text, or social media, for example.

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