Tips for Internet Safety at Work and Home
1. Defend your computer
Keep all software current (including your Web browser) with automatic
updates. Use firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, and antispyware software.
Password-protect your wireless connection at home.
2. Protect sensitive personal information
Look for signs that a Web page is safe, before you enter sensitive data–a Web address with https
(“s” for secure) and a closed padlock beside it.
Never give sensitive info in response to an e-mail or instant message
3. Think before you click
Pause before you open attachments or click links in e-mail or IM even if you know the sender; they
could be phony. Confirm with the sender that the message is real or visit the official Web site by
typing the address yourself.
Be wary of clicking links or buttons in pop-up windows.
4. Create strong passwords and keep them secret
Make them at least eight characters (longer is better) and include upper and lower case letters,
numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password everywhere.
5. Protect yourself from e-mail scams
Look out for alarmist messages, misspellings and grammatical errors, deals that sound too good to
be true, and requests for sensitive info like account numbers. Turn on a filter like the
Smart Screen® Filter in Window.
6. Use social networks more safely
Look for Settings or Options in services like Facebook and Twitter to manage who can see your
profile, control how people can search for you and make comments, and learn how to block unwanted
access. Don’t post anything you’d say only to a close friend.
Be selective about accepting friends. Periodically reassess who has access. Review what friends write