Keep the Web a Safer Place for Everyone
The Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign offers the public a place to get involved and spread the word about internet safety and security.
- 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, or your family’s
- Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer
Cybersecurity is a Shared Responsibility
The Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign 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. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.
The campaign’s main objective is to help you become more aware of growing threats and arm you with the tools to protect yourself and your family. The Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign is the place to go to discover useful information like simple tips to protect yourself and your family and what steps to take if your personal information has been compromised.
Here are a few simple things you can do to stay safe online:
Stop hackers from accessing your accounts - set secure passwords.
Stop sharing too much information - keep your personal information personal.
Stop - trust your gut, if something doesn’t feel right, stop what you are doing.
Stop and think about who can see the information you post online. Are you giving total strangers access to your information?
Stop any questionable online behavior. Only do and say things online that you would do in real life.
Think about the information you want to share before you share it.
Think how your online actions can affect your offline life.
Think before you act - don’t automatically click on links.
Think about why you are sharing information online. Is it going to be safe?
Think about why you’re going to the site. Did you get it from someone you trust?
Think about who you’re talking to online. Do you really know who they are?
Connect over secure networks.
Connect with people you know.
Connect with care and be on the lookout for potential threats.
Connect safely and show your friends and family how to behave online.
Connect with people and sites you trust when you’re online.