Computers, electronic devices, and smart phones have made our lives easier by making communication faster, more convenient and more efficient. At the same time, they have created many privacy and security issues. The holiday reminds people to stay on top of their computer security and to take steps to make their personal information and data secure.

History

First observed in 1988, Computer Security Day (CSD), is now celebrated worldwide by businesses, schools and government organizations. If the holiday falls on a weekend, many companies celebrate it on the first business day after November 30.

Tips to Celebrate

  • If you use the same password for all your accounts you are vulnerable to hackers. Update all your passwords make sure to use numeric, case sensitive, and random characters to really make your passwords secure.
  • Sign up for a password manager that not only generates random passwords for you but can also save them for you so you don’t have to remember them.
  • Update all your spyware and malware protection software.
  • ALWAYS back up your files and photographs in at least two different places – cloud storage services and hard drives.

Did You Know…

The first known computer virus was called the Creeper Virus? The virus affected the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network or ARPANET, the precursor to today’s internet.