Top Five on Friday – October 11

By Katie Stanton
Social Media & Online Engagement Manager, YWCA USA

How safe are you online? If you’ve ever used a computer or a phone to do your banking, pay your taxes, shop or meet potential dates, you’ve put yourself at risk for identity theft, stalking and more. Teens and students who use social networking profiles face online bullying, sometimes to tragic results. Luckily, there are campaigns like Stop.Think.Connect.’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, helping us all stay safer online as technology becomes more accessible and popular.

Stop.Think.Connect.™ and YWCA: Empowering Women Through Cyber Awareness

By: The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign

While the Internet has opened many doors for women, it can also pose serious dangers for those who are unaware of how to protect themselves online. Women are frequent targets for cybercriminals seeking to commit crimes, which can range from identity theft, to physical stalking, to cyberbullying. In fact, more than 20% of students will be cyberbullying victims by their high school graduation. Sharing too much information online often times contributes to the cybercrimes committed against women, and taking simple actions can help prevent you from becoming a victim.

To address these issues, the YWCA USA has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. National Network, which is a coalition of non-profit organizations committed to raising awareness about cybersecurity. Together, our two organizations help YWCA members and all women learn about the dangers that exist online and take action to protect themselves against threats, making the Internet a safer place for everyone.