Today, we are more linked, networked, and wired than ever before. Not only do we use the internet to stay connected, informed, and involved, we use it for many routine tasks, like submitting taxes, applying for student loans, and even powering our homes.
For all of its advantages, increased connectivity brings an increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks.
Each of us can take some simple steps to help protect our home and business computers, our smartphones, and our tablets from cyber threats:
- Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
- Be skeptical about messages that you receive or read online.
Please take a look at each of the sections located in the menu to the left under Safe Computing for more information.