Online Safety Practices

Make sure your computer is safe

  • Update your operating system
  • Use and update your Anti-virus software
  • Use and update your Anti-spyware software
  • Use a firewall

Protect your personal information

  • Don't open unsolicited or unknown email messages. If you do get an email or pop-up message asking for personal information, don't reply or click on the link in the message.
  • If you're asked for your personal information - your name, email or home address, phone number, account numbers, or Social Security number - learn how it's going to be used, and how it will be protected, before you share it.

Know who you are dealing with online

  • It is easy for a scammer to impersonate someone he is not. Online you cannot easily even know what country he is from.

Beware of file sharing and "free" downloads

  • File sharing networks can open your computer to the outside world. Someone may not just be looking for music on your computer.
  • Freeware may come with spyware that downloads without your knowledge. This spyware can slow your computer down, and allow outsiders access to your personal information. Often "free" isn't really free.