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Understand your digital profile

Internet based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure.

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Wi-fi Security

No peeking! Staying safe and private on Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is great. How cool is it to be able to access the internet from anywhere — pretty much carrying an entire library and a direct line to anywhere in the world with you when you go out for a burger? In the United States, many businesses now offer Wi-Fi for their customers, so you can stay connected wherever you go.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though. Using public Wi-Fi is sort of like doing, well, anything else in public: you want to be safe and not accidentally wander into trouble. Let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself on Wi-Fi.

  1. When you’re on public Wi-Fi, never access anything private. Accessing sports scores? Cool. Accessing your bank account? Not so much — not when the Wi-Fi’s owner could be looking over your cyber-shoulder.
  2. If you’re using a business’s Wi-Fi, make sure to ask the owner for the exact name and password of the network. That way you can avoid mistakes and copycat networks.

By playing it smart and being cautious, you can protect your information and make sure your private information stays private.

Online Privacy

None of their business! A look at privacy settings 

Your privacy means a lot: not just to you, but to the people you care about. If your private accounts and information are breached, other people could be breached too. That’s why it’s important to maintain your privacy online by making good choices with your privacy settings.

There are several smart and simple things you can do to ensure that your privacy settings are as good as they can be. Keep your online friends lists and contacts lists restricted to people you know in real life — people you know really exist and aren’t going to try tricking you. Make sure that when you’re sharing something on Facebook, the posting is set to Private, not Public.

Privacy settings don’t apply just to sites, either. Something as simple as using a lock screen on your phone will make it harder for others to get into it, protecting you and anyone else you may have contacted through that phone. You can enable a lock screen in your phone’s Settings menu.

With common sense and strong privacy settings, you can protect not just yourself, but your friends and family.

Social Media

Never click and tell. Limit what information you post on social media—from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings—online and in the physical world. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are – and where you aren’t – at any given time

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to any object or device that sends and/or receives data automatically via the Internet. This technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed.

Here are some tips to increase the security of your Internet-enabled devices:

  1. Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as the apps you use to control the device.
  2. Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits.
  3. Secure your network. Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet enabled devices and change the default passwords

Read the Internet of Things tip sheet for more information.