Dec 14, 2023: Prescott Valley Police Seek to Increase Cybersecurity Awareness

Cybersecurity graphicWherever there is technology, there is a need for cybersecurity. From smart systems used in homes to the smartwatch on your wrist, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. This interconnectivity between physical devices that connect not just to the internet but also to other devices is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). While we are still realizing the full potential of an interconnected “smart world” it is important to implement cybersecurity precautions to protect your digital footprint and information. Some simple ways to increase your cybersecurity are:

  • Do your homework. Before purchasing a device, read user reviews and understand the scope of the device and its security features.
  • Change Username, Password, and Security Settings from the default settings. Create long and unique passwords for all accounts and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) if possible. 
  • Keep software up to date. Updates often include important changes to improve performance and device security. 
  • Be cautious of device location. This is especially important for listening devices or cameras in your home. Be mindful that these devices are vulnerable to hacking. Do you want these devices in your children’s rooms or areas where you have sensitive work-related or private discussions?

Learn more about Cybersecurity and the IoT at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency’s website: www.cisa.gov
Cybersecurity Best Practices: https://www.cisa.gov/topics/cybersecurity-best-practices

The Prescott Valley Police Community Services Unit is available Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 5:00 pm to assist our citizens and answer any questions they may have. We look forward to meeting you. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232. 

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