A few tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Along with strong beer and little candy bars – from Oktoberfest to Halloween – the month that began Wednesday is known to some as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

With that in mind (the cyber security part, not the beer and Hershey-bar part) state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined with the Better Business Bureau to offer some tips.

“By joining with the BBB and the global “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign, I’m hoping to reach as many consumers as possible to say: ‘Stay safe online,’” Ferguson said in an Oct. 1 release.

As part of the mutual commitment, Ferguson and the BBB have issued a series of tips.

Keep a clean machine. Make sure the security software on your PC, mobile device or laptop is current.

Protect personal information. Secure accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.

Stay current. Keep pace with online security. Visit for ways to spot possible pitfalls.

Share with care. Like with the Golden Rule, only post about others what you would want to be posted about you. For more information, visit the attorney general’s Internet Safety page.