The Three "U"s of Internet Safety

February 28, 2017

With the growth of internet applications, it's important to be vigilant when using the internet. Here are a few key tips to help you practice internet safety:

Use Trusted Network Connections

Open Wi-Fi like those offered art businesses and hotels aren't secure. While connected on open networks, any data sent or received can be intercepted or spied on.

  • Do not connect to Wi-Fi networks if you don’t know who is providing the network.
  • Make sure your home wireless network is secured with a password.
  • If you must use an unsecure network, use GW’s VPN service.

Update Your Browsers Frequently

Internet browsers have security features built-in to help protect you while you’re online.

  • Install browser updates when they become available.
  • Enable pop-up blockers.
  • When accessing websites where confidential information is entered, check the web address to be sure the url starts with https and the security lock icon is displayed.

Use Strong Passwords

Passwords are used every day for a variety of reasons. Choosing strong passwords is crucial in protecting your privacy even if the website does not require a complex password. When you create a password, be sure to:

  • Use numbers and/or punctuation
  • Use at least eight characters
  • Mix uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Avoid using "dictionary words," or words that are properly spelled and not separated by punctuation or numbers
  • Avoid including personal information, such as your name or other easily determined information
  • Change your password regularly, once every few months or more frequently
  • Use different passwords for different sites and applications
  • Never share your passwords with anyone