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Blog // Connect Iowa

5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

By CIA Staff

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Look at a Website’s privacy policy - Before submitting your name, e-mail address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site's privacy policy.   2. Look for evidence that your information is being encrypted - To protect attackers from hijacking your information, any personal information submitted online should be encrypted so that it can only be read by the appropriate recipient.   3. Do business with credible companies – Work with websites certified by an Internet trust organization such as...

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5 Tips for Securing Your Personal Computer

By CIA Staff

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. Below are tips to help you stay safe online:   1. Keep your firewall turned on: Firewalls provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computer or network from malicious or unnecessary Internet traffic.   2. Always use good passwords for your PC: • Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed • Don't use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language • Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords • Use a combination of lowercase and capital letters, numbers, and special characters • Use...

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230,000 Iowa Residents Telework from Home

By CIA Staff

By Dev Joshi, Research Analyst at Connected NationBroadband is an important tool that affects how we live, work, and play. For example, according to new research conducted by Connect Iowa, 16% of employed adult Iowans use the Internet to telework instead of commuting – that translates into approximately 230,000 Iowans who go online instead of dealing with the added cost, time, and frustrations of commuting. In addition, 27% (or about 392,000 employed adult Iowans) said they would telework if their employer allowed it. This is more than two-fifths of the employed population in Iowa that either are teleworking or are interested in teleworking...

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