Today marks the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Initiated by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004, NCSAM is an opportunity for each of us to take a look at how we protect ourselves, our offices, our schools and our families online. We’re longtime supporters of NCSAM: In conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2006, we launched PhishTank, the largest community clearinghouse of phishing data online — today it’s being used to block 1 million phishing attempts per month.

Since you’re using OpenDNS, you’re already doing one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and everyone on your network. OpenDNS blocks phishing sites, protects you from malware (like last year’s Conficker virus) and gives you comprehensive Web content filtering options, three things that already put you ahead of the curve.

As part of NCSAM, every day for the next 31 days, we’ll be tweeting out an actionable security tip from our Twitter account with the hashtag #NCSAM. Tips will range from the simplest, most basic suggestions to more advanced options. We also want to hear your best cyber security tips! Reply at us on Twitter with your ideas, tips and best practices for online safety.

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