What are some simple things I can do to stay safe online?

Basic cybersecurity doesn’t have to take a great deal of effort. Here are 10 simple tips that will go a long way to protecting you online.

Protect Your Systems:

  • Use anti-virus software.
  • Protect home networks with firewalls.
  • Password-protect your wireless router and network.
  • Disconnect from the Internet when not in use.

Protect Yourself:

  • Back-up your computer regularly.
  • Restrict access to your computer and accounts; sharing has risks.
  • Delete email from unknown sources.
  • Use hard-to-guess passwords and keep them private.
  • Don't provide personal information like Social Security Numbers, credit cards numbers, etc. with non-secure and unfamiliar web sites.

Protect Your Family:

  • Help your family check computer security on a regular basis.