Set secure passwords and don’t share them with anyone. Avoid using common words, phrases, or
personal information and update regularly.
Keep your operating system, browser, anti-virus and other critical software up to date.
Security updates and patches are available for free from major companies.
Verify the authenticity of requests from companies or individuals by contacting them
directly. If you are being asked to provide personal information via email, you can
independently contact the company directly to verify this request.
Pay close attention to website URLs. Pay attention to the URLs of websites you visit.
Malicious websites sometimes use a variation in common spelling or a different domain (for
example, .com instead of .net) to deceive unsuspecting computer users.
Turn off the option to automatically download attachments.
save and scan any attachments before opening them.
If you have to open an attachment before you can verify the source, take the following steps:
Be sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
save the file to your computer or a disk.
Run an anti-virus scan using your computer’s software.
social Media, Video Games, Forums, Chat Sites and more.
Limit the amount of personal information you post. Do not post information that would make
you vulnerable, such as your address or information about your schedule or routine. If your
friend posts information about you, make sure the information is something that you are
comfortable sharing with strangers.
Take advantage of privacy and security settings. Use site settings to limit the information
you share with the general public online.
Be wary of strangers and cautious of potentially misleading or false information.
Only access the Internet over a secure network. Maintain the same vigilance you would on your
computer with your mobile device.
Be suspicious of unknown links or requests sent through email or text message. Do not click
on unknown links or answer strange questions sent to your mobile device, regardless of who
the sender appears to be.
Download only trusted applications from reputable sources or marketplaces.
Talk to your children about Internet safety. Keep your family’s computer in an open area and
talk to your children about what they are doing online, including who they’re talking to and
what websites they’re visiting.
Inform children of online risks. Discuss appropriate Internet behavior that is suitable for
the child’s age, knowledge, and maturity. Talk to children about the dangers and risks of the
Internet so that they are able to recognize suspicious activity and secure their personal
Restrict access and secure the personal information of employees and customers to prevent
Be suspicious of unsolicited contact from individuals seeking internal organizational data or
personal information. Verify a request’s authenticity by contacting the requesting entity or
Immediately report any suspect data or security breaches to your supervisor and/or