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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Cyber risks affect all aspects of our lives — from utilities like power and water to telecommunications, health care, transportation and financial services. In honor of October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Hawaii State FCU is sharing some tips to help make sure your life online stays safe and secure. This year’s overarching theme is “Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT.”

Cybersecurity attacks are becoming progressively more destructive and targeting a broadening array of information. A recent report stated that the costs of cyberthreats are expected to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021. That amount encompasses everything from damage and destruction of sensitive data, stolen money, lost productivity, theft of intellectual property, theft of personal and financial data, embezzlement, fraud, post-attack disruption to businesses, forensic investigation, restoration and deleted hacked data and systems to name a few.

Going back to this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme, here are ways we all can individually Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT:

1) Never click and tell: Never click on any suspicious links or give away your personal information.
2) Update your privacy settings.
3) Shake up your passphrase protocol: Create strong, unique passphrases.
4) Double your login protection: Turn on multi-factor authentication.
5) Shop safe online.
8) Update to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems.
9) Stay protected while connected: Be cautious when connecting to public wireless networks

Cyberthreats can affect companies big and small, governments and individuals. Cybercriminals don’t discriminate when data is involved, so it’s up to all of us to keep our information protected. As a financial institution, Hawaii State FCU takes its members’ confidential information very seriously and is constantly investing in technology to bring added levels of security to members’ accounts.

Hawaii State FCU is an executive member of CyberHawaii, which is nonprofit organization committed to developing and enhancing Hawaii’s cybersecurity capabilities. The financial institution is working to build a community that manages and mitigates cyber risks while also focusing on cybereducation, innovation and threat identification.

Hawaii State FCU has a wealth of free resources online to help you protect yourself from online and consumer crime and keep your identity and accounts safe. Look for the Wallet Wisdom section for more information at

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