Cybersecurity Awareness

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Staying Safe Online is Easier Than You Think!

Welcome! We’re increasingly connected through digital tools and more of our sensitive information is online. This convenience comes with risks. Each of us has a part to play in keeping ourselves and others safe. It’s easy to do and takes less time than you think!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The Town of Narragansett is proud to champion this online safety and education initiative this October. 

The theme for this year is: SECURE OUR WORLD

All month long, we are promoting key behaviors to encourage everyone to take control of their online lives. There are all kinds of ways to stay safe and secure online but even just practicing these cybersecurity basics can make a huge difference:

  1. Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager
  2. Turn on Multifactor Authentication
  3. Recognize and Report Phishing
  4. Update Your Software

The cybersecurity and digital privacy of our residents is important to the Town. Throughout the month of October, the Town of Narragansett will be promoting awareness on each of these key cybersecurity best practices via social media, posting infographics and tip sheets, and adding helpful information to the Town’s website, so be sure to check back here often!

Tip Sheets


Four Easy Ways to Stay Safe Online

Did you know that as our online lives expand, the average person has gone from having just a few passwords to now managing upwards of 100? That’s 100 unique passwords to remember, if you’re using strong password habits. Password managers can save users the trouble of having to remember multiple passwords and make accounts safer by recommending strong, unique passwords and storing them all in one place.

Our Tips and Advice

Using an easy-to-guess password is like locking the door but leaving the key in the lock. Weak passwords can quickly be cracked by computer hackers. The good news is that strong passwords are one of the easiest ways to protect your accounts from compromise and reduce the risk of someone stealing sensitive information, data, money, or even your identity.

Strengthen your passwords with these tips:

  1. Longer is stronger: Passwords with at least 16 characters are hardest to crack.
  2. Hard to guess: Use a random string of mixed-case letters, numbers and symbols. If you need to memorize a password, create a memorable “passphrase” of 5 – 7 unrelated words. Get creative with spelling and/or add numbers or symbols.
  3. One of a kind: Use a unique password for each account.

Use a Password Manager!

Remembering long, unique passwords for every account in our lives is impossible. Rather than write them down or reuse weak passwords, use a password manager.

Password managers generate complex and unique passwords for you, store them all in one place and tell you when you have weak, re-used passwords, or compromised passwords. They can also automatically fill credentials into sites and apps using a secure browser plugin. You only need to remember one master password—the one for accessing the password manager itself. (Tip: Create a memorable long “passphrase” as described above and NEVER write your master password down.)

Share this tip sheet with your family and friends! #CyberSecurityAwarenessMonth #SecureOurWorld

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and National Cybersecurity Alliance. For more information about ways to keep you and your family safe online, visit and