Ensuring cyber safety is an important responsibility all of us share. Everyone in the home uses the internet to connect on Facebook, watch YouTube videos, play games or shop for the latest connected toys or devices. So it’s crucial that everyone in the household — including kids and older adults — learn to use the internet safely and responsibly.
Cyber Safety Tips
Follow these tips to help make your home a digital haven of peace and tranquility:
Keep a Clean Machine
Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Remember, mobile phones and tablets need updating too!
Lock Down Your Logins
Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics or unique one-time codes.
Share With Care
Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
Back It Up
Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Value & Protect Your Personal Info
Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.
Secure Your WiFi Router
Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long) for your Wi-Fi network. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). Name your network in a way that doesn’t let people know it’s your house.
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