Cyber $3CUR1TY Month Kickoff!

by Hannah Stiff | Oct 1, 2019 1:28:01 PM

It’s Oct. 1 and that means we’re kicking off National
Cyber Security Awareness Month! In the coming weeks, your BBB Northwest +
Pacific team will bring you relevant content on how to keep your kids, your
business and yourself safe in an increasingly internet reliant world.

To start Cyber Security Month off, we’re taking a close look children and gaming. We know that consumers have access to nearly 1 million games in app stores. That makes it nearly impossible to keep track of all the ways your children could be vulnerable when they’re gaming.

Here at the BBB, we understand that parents want
their children to be safe while gaming, and that many use parental controls to
do just that. Unfortunately, savvy scammers are always finding new ways to get
to children.

Many apps sell
game-specific currency to players. Scammers take advantage of this creating pop
up ads offering free currency. The catch is that the player must go to another website
that requires the user to submit personal information. Scammers can then steal
identities, passwords and gain access to gaming accounts and the bank cards
associated with them.

Another
serious risk for children is many online predators lurk in the chat rooms that
accompany some games.

“One of BBB’s
top priorities is educating consumers about protecting their personal
information,” said Tyler Andrew President and CEO of BBBNW+P. “We especially
want children and their parents to understand the dangers of online gaming.”

This year
marks the 16th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Campaign aimed at raising the public’s awareness of the basic steps needed to
stay safe online.

Your BBB NW+P
offers the following tips to help protect and educate your children:

  • Be
    cautious of links.
    If an
    advertisement pops up while playing a game, don’t click on it. If you end up on
    one of these links, do not enter personal information.
  • Strengthen
    your password.
    Creating a long, strong password
    and changing passwords regularly can keep hackers at bay.
  • Set
    boundaries.
    The online gaming community often
    opens doors to new friendships with other players, but make sure that you do
    not exchange personal information with someone online that you do not know.

Throughout the
month of October, we will release more cyber safety tips and articles to help
consumers and businesses stay vigilant. But you can get ahead of the game! Get
digging into our library of cybersecurity resources at www.BBB.org/BBBSecure. Businesses,
we have additional articles and tips for you at bbb.org/cybersecurity. Keep up
with us in real time on social media!

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