Hello everyone, this is Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada and I would like to remind all Canadians of the importance of online safety.
As you know, virtually every dimension of how we live our lives is dependent on information technology.
Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country.
To ensure we can fully take advantage of these technologies, here are five things you can do right now to stay cyber safe.
1. Keep your computer and devices up to date. Install system updates as soon as they are available.
2. Change your passwords. Keep them fresh by changing them regularly, and use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters that only you'll know and you will remember.
3. Go with your gut. Never open an e-mail attachment or click on links that look odd or suspicious.
4. Protect yourself with security software. Use antivirus software and activate a firewall to stop viruses and hackers.
5. And finally, we want to hear from you. Please have your cyber say by participating in the Cyber Security Consultation by the 15th of October at publicsafety.gc.ca.
Remember, you can always learn more about how to protect your family, your business and yourself with practical tips from GetCyberSafe.gc.ca. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Thank you, and have a great Cyber Security Awareness Month!