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Public Safety Canada

October 01, 2014 15:00 ET

Minister Blaney Shares Tips During Cyber Security Awareness Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2014) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, released the following video message on the first day of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

"October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and I would like to remind Canadians of the importance of online safety.

There are five things you can do right now to stay cyber safe.

  1. Change your passwords regularly. Combine letters, numbers and special characters to make it hard to guess.
  2. Lock your phone. It's a simple way to protect personal information if your phone is lost or stolen.
  3. Click smart. Never open e-mail attachments or download files that look suspicious.
  4. Protect yourself with security software. Use antivirus software and activate a firewall to stop viruses and hackers.
  5. Keep your systems up to date. Install application and operating system updates as soon as they are available.

Learn more about how to protect your family, your business and yourself at GetCyberSafe.ca and follow us on social media.

Thank you, and have a great Cyber Security Awareness Month!"

-The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

View video message at: http://youtu.be/u3anpDTjkHo

Follow Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) and GetCyberSafe (@GetCyberSafe) on Twitter.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Jason Tamming
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    and Emergency Preparedness
    613-991-2924

    Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    613-991-0657
    media@ps-sp.gc.ca