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The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.

Are you safe online? Visit the online resource guide to find out. Brought to you by DHS Stop.Think.Connect.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 2011 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Every year, October is designated by the President of the United States as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. While the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign encourages everyone to practice safe online behavior year-round, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to focus on why cybersecurity matters and how everyone can take steps to be cyber safe. To learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and how you and your organization can get involved, contact and visit this website later this year for updates and National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 event information.

History of Stop.Think.Connect.

In 2009, President Obama recognized the need to increase education and dialogue about cybersecurity. The President thereby issued the Cyberspace Policy Review, which has become the blueprint from which our nation's cybersecurity foundation will transform into an assured and resilient digital infrastructure for the future. As part of this policy review, the Department of Homeland Security was asked to create an ongoing cybersecurity awareness campaign–Stop.Think.Connect.– to help Americans understand the risks that come with being online. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign launched on October 4, 2010, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information on the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, click here.

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Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.


Think: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

Connect using computer.

Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.


Last Published Date: August 6, 2015

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