Internet Safety Month June 2013

Internet Safety Month is the perfect time for youth and parents to assess and improve their online safety posture. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project’s “Teens and Technology 2013 Report,” 95 percent of U.S. teens use the Internet and 93 percent have a computer or have access to one at home. Pew also found that 37 percent of teens have smartphones – a 14 percent increase from 2011. These figures give compelling reason for all families to focus on better online safety.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online, is celebrating Internet Safety Month this June by encouraging all digital users to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. when accessing the Web. Summer break brings increased Internet use and NCSA advises everyone to take security measures, understand the consequences of their behavior and actions and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

These three easy, actionable steps: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. can help everyone stay safe and secure online and enjoy the benefits of our connected world. Here are some other best practices:

▪   When in Doubt, Throw it Out: If an email, social network post or text message looks suspicious, even if you know the source, delete it.

▪   Be Web Wise: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.

▪   Be a Good Online Citizen: Post only about others what you would have them post about you.

▪   Protect Your Personal Information: Secure your accounts by making passwords long, strong and unique.

▪   Connect with Care: Limit the type of business you conduct using unsecure Wi-Fi hotspots.

▪   Own Your Online Presence: Set security and privacy settings to your comfort level of sharing.

▪   Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all Internet connected devices free from infection and malware by keeping all critical software—security software, Web browsers, apps and operating systems—up to date.

Source:  PRNewswire-USNewswire via National Cyber Security Alliance