A face mask and hand sanitizing can help protect you from COVID-19, but they aren’t the only pandemic-response tools you should keep in mind. COVID-19 has also introduced a sharp global rise in cyber attacks, both on individuals and organizations.
As our working, learning, and socializing needs have moved from in-person to remote and digital interactions, there has never been a better time to develop strong cybersecurity habits to protect your accounts, devices, and personal information.
The risks of identity theft through your profile information – which may include your full name, address, and credit card information – when dealing with your favourite online retailer, for example, represents a gold mine for cyber criminals.
Tips from the experts
As the Minister who oversees both cybersecurity for Alberta’s government and consumer protection for Alberta’s marketplace, I want to ensure that individuals and organizations have access to high-quality, easy-to-practice information that they can trust.
We have published a new Cybersecurity Tips web page, which provides helpful tips directly from the Cybersecurity Services team that protects government infrastructure every day. This practical information can help you create strong passwords, choose security software, enable multifactor authentication, and more.
Check the page often, as it will be updated as new threats and trends are identified. We will share information about common trends in Alberta and provide you with tips on how to protect yourself.
Cybercriminals are getting more creative. Together, we can stay ahead of them.