E-Mail and Online Security
Thanks to the Internet, access to information, entertainment, products and services is greater than earlier generations could have imagined. The flip side, however, is that the Internet — and the anonymity it affords — also can give online scammers, hackers and identity thieves access to your computer, personal information, finances and more.
With awareness as your safety net, you can minimize the chance of an Internet mishap. Being on guard online helps you protect your information, your computer, even yourself.
- Protect before you connect
- Protect after you connect
- Protect yourself if something goes wrong online
Learn more about Online Security and Identity Theft
- The U.S. government and the technology industry provide some practical tips and information at OnGuardOnline.gov.
- The nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance has some great resources at Stay Safe Online
- The CERT® Program — part of the federally funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University — has a detailed step-by-step approach to home computer security.
- Microsoft® has some great information on protecting yourself, your computer and your family here.
- The Federal Trade Commission's "Fighting Back Against Identity Theft" is a one-stop national resource on identity theft.