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Hello Franklin: October is National Cyber Security Month
Post Date:10/14/2019 8:18 AM
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It is October and National Cyber Security Awareness Month has arrived! The Franklin Township Department of Information Technology provides information on the importance of online safety to the Franklin Township community. As an effort to reach out to school-aged children, Franklin Township is currently hosting a Kids Safe Online Poster Contest modeled by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The purpose of the contest is to encourage others to use the Internet safely and to spread clear messages about the dangers of internet use nationwide.
The Franklin Township administration will select 3 posters from grade groups K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All school-aged children who reside in Franklin or attend a school in Franklin Township are encouraged to enter for a chance to be named Franklin Township’s Kids Safe Online Cyber Security winner and receive a $25 VISA gift card! All forms and artwork can be submitted digitally to https://www.franklintwpnj.org/PosterContest or mailed to the Township of Franklin Information Technology Department at 475 DeMott Lane Somerset, NJ 08873 by no later than December 13, 2019. Contestants must indicate that their artwork is for the Kids Safe Online Poster Contest.
The Franklin Township Department of Information Technology also provides online tips to make certain things like online banking, shopping, and chatting with friends through social media safer with one click of the button.
Consider using password phrases with symbols, like “I love to ride a bike!”
Never share your password with anyone because it is a gateway into your identity. You should not use the same password for all your online accounts.
When sharing information on social media, make sure you set the privacy setting on the application. You don’t want everyone to know your daily activities or whereabouts.
When sharing a public workstation, consider using a browser tool to protect your privacy, or set it to “in-private” or “incognito mode” to prevent your browsing from being traced on the PC.
Follow your instincts when reading emails and browsing online if something looks suspicious or looks too good to be true, then use your common sense. Contact the sender via phone before you open the email or link!