The internet offers a world of opportunities. People of all ages share photos and videos, build online profiles, text each other, create avatars, utilize online banking, and make purchases. These methods of socializing, communicating, and conducting business can be fulfilling and, yet, they come with risks.
Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
The campaign offers the following advice when using the Internet:
- Stop – Before you use the internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
- Think – Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, your family’s, or your financial well-being.
- Connect – Enjoy the internet with confidence. Take the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
Stop. Think. Connect. Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.
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In recognition of Cyber Security Awareness month and support for safe computing, we have developed a short campaign around Stop.Think.Connect. Each week, we will promote a topic with supporting resources on the IT Security website. Additionally, IT Services staff will be available at the DSC each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and provide useful tips to keep your online experience safe.
The weekly themes supporting Stop.Think.Connect will be:
- Week 1: Don’t be a victim of phishing
- Week 2: Protect your identity
- Week 3: Connected devices — staying safe in public areas
- Week 4: Cyber citizenship
Cyber security is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the internet a more secure experience for everyone!
- Stop.Think.Connect. Blog
- The Department of Homeland Security campaign blog contains the latest cybersecurity news and tips to help you and your family stay safe online.
- Security training videos from EDUCAUSE
- EDUCAUSE has provided a number of videos about security practices for free download.
- Stay Safe Online
- The National Cyber Security Alliance site provides families and educators tips about online safety.