Internet Safety Month and Best Practices for ID Theft Prevention

It’s the tail end of June and in case you didn’t know, June is celebrated as the official month to raise awareness for Internet Safety.  Safety is a theme for this blog, and borrowing from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) we want to use our last June blog to reinforce internet safety best practices.

As the members of our community transition through graduations from high school and college and couples start new lives together, let’s also pause to remind ourselves about Internet Safety. It goes a long way to identity theft prevention.

It’s all about a safer and more secure summer online. The NCSA encourages everyone to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Take security precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and have a great summer connecting and enjoying the Internet.

Here are some easy ways to stay safer and more secure online. You should know them and share them with your family and friends:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Visit for more information on identity theft prevention.

by HV Shred