National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) have teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security to help increase awareness about Internet security issues and educate people on how to protect themselves and their devices.
When you cross the street, you look both ways to make sure it's safe. Staying safe on the Internet is similar. It takes some common sense steps.
Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family's.
Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer
“’Stop. Think. Connect.’ is a simple, actionable message that applies to everyone as we connect to the Internet from an array of devices, including laptops, personal computers, smart phones and gaming consoles,” said NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser. “Taking a quick moment to evaluate that we are prepared to access the Internet, provide information or engage in the larger community online can increase our sense of personal security, confidence, and peace of mind.”
We have always been thought not to judge a book by its cover, and in the stories the lesson is brought home by revealing that the real monsters aren't always the ones who look scary. Too often we forget these lessons when we're online, leaving us exposed to threats that we don't notice because they don't look like what we would expect a serious online threat to look like.
When you use social networks you are joining a global community. Therefore, it's smart to approach social networking with a degree of caution.
Remember that people may not be who they say they are. If one of your friend's accounts is compromised, you could get spam and suspicious posts.
When in doubt, throw it out: Links in tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete.
Social networks work best when people maintain the same level of courtesy online as they would in the real world.
What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community. Safer for me more secure for all.
Post only about others as you have them post about you.
Know what action to take: If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them, and report them to the site administrator.
Written for computer and Internet savvy "tweens" and teens, this book is also a useful resource for the adults they rely on.
This book is designed for any teen or parent who is:
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