The National Cyber Security Alliance http://www.staysafeonline.org/ offers practical steps you can take to stay safe online and avoid becoming a victim of fraud, identity theft, or cybercrime.
Of primary concern is protecting your personally indentifying information. Use your judgment about what you post about yourself on Internet sites. When any site requests information about you, ask these questions:
- Who is asking?
- What information are they asking for?
- Why do they need it?
Think about the amount and detail of information being requested. Does it correspond to what you think is needed to make a purchase, register for a new service, or conduct other business? Be sure you know why the information is being requested and how it will be used.
Find out what’s out there about you. Using a computer you are sure is safe and secure, go to your favorite search engine and put in your own name. Do the same for your children. You might be surprised how much information you will find.
Protect Your Devices
The good news is that by following a few easy steps, you can keep a clean machine and protect your information.