Get Cyber Safe Toolkit

About this toolkit

Thank you for your interest in cyber safety!

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada, but anytime's a good time to promote safety online.

By taking an active role in your community, you are helping to build a culture of cyber security in Canada. While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canadians safe from online threats, cyber security is a shared responsibility—one in which Canadians, their governments, the private sector and our international partners all play a role.

The Issue

Every day, Canadians hear stories about how vulnerable computers are to viruses, how we all need to protect our personal information on line, and how Internet fraud schemes persist. We can lose money, assets, personal memories, even our very identities, simply by making one false click of a mouse or mobile device.

The Research

The links below will take you to research that has been conducted regarding Canadians' beliefs and behaviours relating to Internet usage and online safety.

2013
Survey of Canadians on Privacy-Related Issues
https://www.priv.gc.ca/information/por-rop/2013/por_2013_01_e.asp

2012
Survey of Canadians on Privacy-Related Issues, released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
http://www.priv.gc.ca/information/por-rop/2013/por_2013_01_e.asp

2011
Cyber Security Baseline Research Study, released by Public Safety Canada 2011.
http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/301/pwgsc-tpsgc/por-ef/public_safety_canada/2011/index.html

2010
Canadian Internet Use Survey, released by Statistics Canada in May 2010.
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/100510/dq100510a-eng.htm

2009
Canadians and Privacy, released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in March 2009.
http://www.priv.gc.ca/information/por-rop/2009/ekos_2009_01_e.asp

The Campaign

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 online. The campaign's goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to help Canadians be safer online.

Led by Public Safety Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada and its partners, the campaign invites you—and all Canadians—to take a knowledgeable and active part in protecting yourselves, your families, your communities and your country from the threat of cyber crime.

This Toolkit

This toolkit is here to help you promote cyber safety through your own channels and activities, both in person and online. If you have any questions about the content or how to use it, please contact us at info@getcybersafe.gc.ca.

The Website

The campaign hub is the Getcybersafe.gc.ca website.

In addition to information about knowing the risks, protecting yourself and protecting your devices, it engages visitors with the ability to share personal stories about threats to cyber security.

Visit the website throughout the year to stay up-to-date on the latest ways to stay cyber safe.

Publications

Available on Getcybersafe.gc.ca, under the Resources section, products to help you spread the message of cyber safety, including:

Cover photo of Protect While You Connect — How to Stay Safe Online

Protect While You Connect — Poster

A poster promoting the Getcybersafe.gc.ca website and the three steps to stay safe online: Know the Risks, Protect Yourself, Protect Your Devices (11" x 17").

Cover photo of Protect While You Connect — How to Stay Safe Online

Protect While You Connect — How to Stay Safe Online

A brochure summarizing the three steps you need to take to stay safe online: Know the Risks, Protect Yourself, Protect Your Devices.

Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses

Get Cyber Safe Guide for Small and Medium Businesses

This guide is designed to help Canadians who own or manage a small or medium business understand the cyber security risks they face, and provide them with practical advice on how to better protect their business and employees from cyber crime.

Get Cyber Safe Tips for Small and Medium Businesses

Get Cyber Safe Tips for Small and Medium Businesses

Tips to help you improve your business's cyber security plan, so you can stay safe from hacking and data theft, among other things.

Videos

All videos are available on Getcybersafe.gc.ca under the Resources section.

#CyberTalk – Parenting in the Digital Age

A real-time Q&A about raising cyber safe and savvy kids.

#CyberTalk – Parenting in the Digital Age

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Public Wifi

A short video that demonstrates the easy steps Canadians can take to protect themselves when using public Wi-Fi networks.

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Public Wifi

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Your Mobile

This video explains how to use your mobile device safely with tips about strong passcodes, security settings and more.

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Your Mobile

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Social Networks

This video offers tips to safely enjoy social networking while protecting your personal information and reputation online.

Easy Ways to Stay Safe on Social Networks

Protecting Reputations Online

In the past, doing something embarrassing wasn't a big deal. It happened, and then people moved on. But now that things can be shared on the Web immediately, those embarrassing moments can last forever and impact your reputation and those of your friends.

Protecting Reputations Online

Secure Websites

Whether it's buying shoes, managing bank accounts or just connecting with friends, most of us depend on websites.Unfortunately, it's easy be fooled by fake websites that are designed to give your money or private information to criminals.

Secure Websites

Secure Passwords

Passwords are an essential part of life online - and if we're not careful about keeping them secret, they can cause big problems. By understanding the risks and making passwords stronger, we can feel a little more secure.

Secure Passwords

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are a growing threat on the Internet. By being aware of the scam, you can feel confident in working with companies online.

Phishing Scams

Infographics

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information that describe a topic quickly and clearly.

The following infographics can be found on the Getcybersafe.gc.ca website, under the Resources section.

Honey Stick Project

Honey Stick Project

This infographic features a series of illustrations that reveal the many ways in which people misplace or lose possession of their mobile phones, as well as text that reveals what people who found a series of deliberately lost mobile phones looked at.

How to have the talk with your teen

How to have the talk with your teen

This infographic depicts parents and teens in conversation, and offers tips and facts about teen Internet and social media use and how parents can talk to their teens about common cyber safety issues such as cyberbullying, sharing passwords, online strangers and privacy settings.

Infographic: The Underground E-conomy

Underground Economy and Cyber Crime - Exposed

This infographic literally exposes the world of cyber criminals and how they use our personal information. The illustration depicts cyber crime as a shady underworld that exists beneath our feet.

Infographic: Why Small Businesses Can Lose Big

Cyber Crime. Why Small Businesses Can Lose Big

This infographic takes the reader along a winding road that stretches through small towns, large cities and rural landscapes, educating them on how cyber crime affects small businesses.

Infographic: Phishing

Phishing: How many take the bait?

Using fake emails and crafty scams, phishers trawl the cyber high seas for your banking information, credit card numbers and passwords. Roughly 156 million phishing emails are sent globally every day, so even if a fraction fall for the scam, phishers score big.

Infographic: Back to School Device Advice

Back to school device advice

A new school year comes with new swag, new devices, new assignments, new friends and a whole bunch of new chances for cyber criminals to spoil your excitement.

Handy Cyber Tip Sheets

Practical tips to accompany your electronic purchase. These tip sheets offer a quick overview of the steps to take to secure your device from the minute you activate it.

Gaming

Practical tips for online gaming.

Laptop

Practical tips to accompany a new laptop.

Smart Phone

Practical tips to accompany a new smart phone.

Get Cyber Safe Web Sliders

Our clickable Web sliders appear on the homepage, immediately below the GetCyberSafe logo, and link to a specific section for relevant information.

A few examples:

Get Cyber Safe Web Buttons

This information toolkit also contains Web buttons to help highlight the GetCyberSafe campaign on your Intranet and Internet sites.

To download buttons: Getcybersafe.gc.ca

Web Buttons

Learn to Be Safe Online Learn to Be Safe Online Learn to Be Safe Online
Learn to Be Safe Online
Learn to Be Safe Online

Specific to Cyber Security Awareness Month

Learn to Be Safe Online Learn to Be Safe Online Learn to Be Safe Online

We have additional sizes and colours for these buttons.

For further information, please contact info@Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Sharing on Social Media

The best way to spread the message about cyber safety is through the online channels on which people often encounter threats.

Ideas for using social media to follow and promote the GetCyberSafe campaign

Sample Tweets

Learn to Be Safe Online

Using Hashtags

A hashtag is a word or phrase (without spaces) following a hash symbol (#) used to tag a tweet on a particular topic of interest. Add the hashtag #cybersecurity to your tweets and Facebook posts to join the online conversation on cyber security. Using the hashtag will make it easy for users to come across your tweets and posts when searching for messages on the topic of cyber security.

Facebook

Launched in 2013, our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/GetCyberSafe offers information to help Canadians learn about cyber security and the steps they can take as individuals to protect themselves. Our content is also meant to be used and shared by other organizations.

Learn to Be Safe Online Learn to Be Safe Online

Blogging

Do you have a personal or corporate blog? It is a great way to spread the message of cyber safety to your followers. You can write a post based on the information available on Getcybersafe.gc.ca, or use the following template and customize it for your needs.

Sample blog post

Simple tips can help keep you safer online

Whether you're banking, connecting with friends, working, learning, or just passing the time, when you're online you are never alone. Just as you would “watch your back”, your family, your wallet and your belongings in a busy public place, so should you be ever wary when you navigate the crowded world online.

Just as you have learned to be “street safe” in the real world, protecting yourself can be easy when you make cyber safety a personal priority and take the time to become aware of the most common threats and risks to your online security.

According to Public Safety Canada's GetCyberSafe website Getcybersafe.gc.ca, there are three simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and your property safe online:

The site has lots of really easy-to-use tips, like how to create and protect your passwords, doing online banking and shopping more securely, avoiding well-known online scams and frauds, and keeping your identity, information, and family safe.

GetCyberSafe is a national public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. The campaign's goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to help Canadians be safer online.

Led by Public Safety Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada and its partners, the campaign invites you—and all Canadians—to take a knowledgeable and active part in protecting yourselves, your families, your communities and your country from the threat of cyber crime.

Find out more at Getcybersafe.gc.ca! You can also follow Public Safety Canada on Twitter @getcybersafe to stay up-to-date on the latest online threats and safety tips.

Articles

The smartphone changes everything

Simple smartphone safety tips

The alarm goes off. You hit snooze again, trying to grab that tiny bit of shut-eye for the last time. And then you wake up with a start, as you realize that you are about to be late for work. Frantically, you spring out of bed, run to the shower, brush your teeth, grab your desperately needed cup of java and head out the door — made it. On the bus, you reach for your smartphone to get a head start on your day. To your despair, it is nowhere to be found. You feel your face begin to flush and you wonder how you are ever going to make it through the day.

Sound familiar? Let's face it; we are constantly plugged into our mobile devices. They have become such an essential part of our lives that we feel lost without them.

In a relatively short time, cell phones have evolved from a traditional phone to something that now has most of the features found on a personal computer. We store email, social accounts, photos and contact information; we access mobile banking sites, browse the Internet, use apps and more.

With all of these bells and whistles at our fingertips, protecting our device is more important than ever. You can stay clear of potential threats by following these tips:

Being mobile is a convenience that many of us can't live without.

Protect while you connect. More information is available online at Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Teaching your kids about online safety

Young Canadians today are growing up in a new digital landscape. Most of them don't even know a world without computers, digital video, cell phones, online games, and the Internet. Online communication is at the centre of their social world. In many cases, they have email addresses and personal online profiles before they get to middle school. Many of them have mobile phones to keep connected with friends by snapping photos, texting, and sharing conversations.

Growing up online can be a wonderful thing. There are many educational advantages to the Internet – but it can also be a very scary thing. This highly interconnected world comes hand in hand with constantly changing threats, and it's important to realize the permanent record that it keeps. What your children say, post, and share online now can resurface and surprise them in their adult years.

We tell our children to look both ways when crossing the street, and teach them to not talk to strangers, but it's also important to teach them to stay safe online. As a parent, you might feel like you don't know the latest online risks or that you aren't aware of what kids are doing online. Don't worry; there are some trusted places you can go to for information to help you talk to your children about staying safe online.

Here are some tips to ensure your children grow up informed and protected:

Set the example and show your kids how to be cyber safe.

Protect while you connect. More information is available online at Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Internal Promotion

You can also help promote Cyber Security Awareness Month in October by getting your colleagues or employees involved.

Below is a sample email:

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a time to help Canadians protect themselves and their families against a wide range of online threats.

Led by Public Safety Canada, the Get Cyber Safe campaign is designed to help Canadians better understand the cyber threats they face online and the simple steps they can take to minimize those risks.

We all have a key role to play in keeping our home computers and personal devices secure online. We also play a big part in keeping our businesses safe from cyber threats.
Simple things like:

Just a few simple precautions like these can keep us from becoming a cyber criminal's next victim.

I strongly encourage you to learn more by visiting Getcybersafe.gc.ca and tell others about it.

You can lose everything. Or you can protect everything. It's that easy.

[Sign off]

Use the following signature block to promote Cyber Security Awareness Month in all your emails. You can download it at Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Learn to Be Safe Online

If you have an intranet site, you can also use Get Cyber Safe web buttons to promote Cyber
Security Awareness Month and link to Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Contact Information

Need more information about online safety?

General enquiries about Canada's Cyber Security Strategy or this campaign can be directed to Public Safety Canada at 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118, or emailed to info@Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Note: Public Safety Canada does not take reports of scams, fraud, or identity theft.
The investigation of cyber crimes is the responsibility of law enforcement agencies.

Other resources:

International resources:

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