National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.  

NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.


Last month we discovered that our website (hfhoa.info) was hacked.  Because of these hacks, the Google Security Team labeled our website as unsafe in order to protect users from malicious code.  The issues leading to the holes within our website were outdated software, the absence of a firewall and the lack of regular website maintenance (i.e. software updates and system checks).  We fixed the vulnerabilities within our website and requested a review from Google.  From that review, Google has removed the user warnings from our site.  Regular maintenance and updates, along with strong security protocols will help to prevent hacks like these in the future.  

As Cybersecurity awareness Month continues, we will post tips on how to keep your devices safe on the internet.  

Sometimes ensuring your computer is secure from malicious actors  can be daunting for computer novices.  However, it doesn’t take a degree in Cyber-Security to protect your home computers and wifi network.  There are a few simple steps to prevent computer attacks from wreaking havoc and make yourself safer online.  

Tip of the Day:  Enable Automatic updates

Computer security issues are constantly being found.  The threats are found in all operating systems, software and browsers.  As threats evolve, computer software makers must continuously work to update operating systems and plug the holes in software security.  To maintain a safe personal computer, you will need to keep programs up to date by installing the updates as they are released.  

If you have turned off automatic updates on your computer, please turn them on now.  See instructions below from Microsoft Support and Apple Support:

Microsoft Support https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12373/windows-update-faq

Apple Support https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202180