Cyber Safety

Cyber safety, also referred to as information technology security, focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.

Take a moment and think about your daily life. How much of it relies on computers and the Internet? Communication (email, smartphones) entertainment (digital cable), shopping, medical and financial account records are just a few aspects for you to consider. How much of your personal information is stored on your computer or on another computer system?  

There are many risks and you may be wondering want you can do to protect yourself. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) offers information, advice and tips that can be easily understood and used by both technical and non-technical computer users.  Here is the link to US-CERT.
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The following are some of the most common cyber safety tips from US-CERT.
Browsing Safely: Understanding Active Content and Cookies
Choosing and Protecting Passwords
Dealing with Cyberbullies
Evaluating Your Web Browser's Security Settings
Good Security Habits
Keeping Children Safe Online
Protecting Portable Devices: Data Security
Securing Wireless Networks
Understanding Antivirus Software
Using Caution with Email Attachments
Using Caution with USB Drives 

The following are additional cyber safety tips from the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. 
Computer Malware and Phishing Schemes (PDF)
Internet Safety: How to Protect Yourself Against (PDF) Hackers
Public Information and the Internet (PDF)
Scams Targeting Computer Owners (PDF)
Scams Targeting Smartphones and Tablets (PDF)
Social Media Scams (PDF)
Using Public Wi-Fi Networks (PDF)