Get Informed - Internet Safety

The internet has revolutionized the way we shop, communicate and socialize. It has also revolutionized criminal activity. Whether you are a long-time Internet user or are new at navigating the web, your risk of becoming a victim of crime online is mostly determined by what you do when you’re online. That's why it’s important for web users to take steps to understand their risk level and protect themselves.

Three things you can do, and 3 you should stop doing, to help you protect yourself, your family & your community

Do …

  • Protect your PINs & passwords. Don't write them down or share them with anyone. Use your hand or body as a shield during transactions, and consider developing a personal password strategy so you avoid making common mistakes that leave your identity vulnerable.
  • Practice safe surfing. Make sure your computer’s security, anti-spam and other protective software is up-to-date. Avoid using shared computers for online shopping, banking or social networking.
  • Know your risk. Before setting up a social network profile, buying from a new e-retailer, forging a new “friendship” or engaging in almost any online activity, make sure you know what risks are involved in that type of activity and take steps to protect yourself. For instance, if you are a frequent online shopper, learn about how to buy online without jeopardizing your personal information. If you are an avid social networker, take the time to figure out the privacy settings on your profiles.

Don’t …

  • Let your friends and loved ones become victims. Talk with youth and seniors in your family about how they use the internet and what risks are involved. Then help them get educated and protect themselves.
  • Let children go online alone. Luring and exploitation of children is a scary reality of life online. The criminals who participate and often profit from these activities are counting on kids being alone online. Don’t let kids you love go online alone.
  • Jeopardize your reputation. In the information age your online reputation is your reputation, and your online reputation is forever. Don’t post or share information that could put you in danger and don’t post information that you wouldn’t want your spouse, family, friends or employers to see.