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OTTAWA, November 1, 2013 – At the conclusion of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, encouraged Canadians to take action to be cyber safe throughout the year:
“With Cyber Security Awareness Month coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all Canadians of the need to protect themselves and their families online all year long. No individual, business, or government is solely responsible for securing the Internet – it is an ongoing and shared responsibility. When we use the Internet safely, we make Internet use more secure for all Canadians.
Understanding the risks and following cyber security practices can help Canadians be safer online. For example:
- Choosing strong passwords for websites and devices and changing them frequently.
- Installing and updating antivirus protection on your computer and locking your mobile devices.
- Only using wireless networks that you trust and backing up your data, photos and other important information to ensure it is safe should the worst happen.
Tips like these can be found at GetCyberSafe.ca – an invaluable resource to help all Canadians, including parents, small and medium businesses and seniors learn to protect themselves, their families, their personal information and their devices from common cyber threats.
I hope you will join me in staying safe and secure online all year long.”
Cyber Security Awareness Month is a collaborative initiative by governments and industry to help individuals become more aware of cyber security risks and provide them with the information they need to be safe online.
Get Cyber Safe is a national public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves. Get Cyber Safe works with STOP.THINK.CONNECT ™, a coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations, to advance cyber security public awareness around the world.
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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