October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Use these tips to keep your home network secure
The cyber threat is no longer limited to your office network and work persona. Adversaries realize that targets are typically more vulnerable when operating from their home network since there is less rigor associated with the protection, monitoring, and maintenance of most home networks. Home users need to maintain a basic level of network defense.
Recalls are not uncommon. They can occur in everything from food and toys to automobiles. Some recalls are easy to find out about — they’re huge stories broadcast on national news outlets. Others don’t garner much media attention, but they’re still important to be aware of. Make it a habit to check the following places for recall notices, and be sure the products you’re buying and food you’re eating is safe.
•Recalls.gov lists government-initiated recalls from federal agencies.
• NHSTA.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children’s car seats.
• FSIS.USDA.gov lists recalls that involve meat, poultry, or processed egg products.
• FDA.gov lists recalls that involve food, medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, biologics, radiation emitting products, veterinary drugs and pet food.
If you have an issue with a product, you can report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, or search for incidents reported by others at saferproducts.gov.
From the Environmental Protection Agency
Image description: Samples of the newly redesigned Safer Product labels.
Do you look for safer cleaning and household products? Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a voluntary program that reviews products and allows them to display its Safer Product Label if they meet EPA’s stringent health and environmental criteria?
The EPA is redesigning its Safer Product Label (formerly, the Design for the Environment label) to give it a more modern look and make it clear that labeled products are safer for health as well as the environment.
Learn more and then share your thoughts on whether the potential new labels get the message across and will help you recognize safer products on store shelves. Input is welcomed now through the end of October.
Find out with this new tool. Just enter your VIN number and you’ll see recall information as far back as 15 years.
You know your kids are online, so talk to them about the risks and how their activity can impact them later: