Use long and complex passwords or passphrases. These are often the first line of defense in protecting an online account. The length and complexity of your passwords can provide an extra level of protection for your personal information. What is the Password Policy detailed in the IT Division Policies and Standards?

Go stealth when browsing. Your browser can store quite a bit of information about your online activities, including cookies, cached pages, and history. To ensure the privacy of personal information online, limit access by going “incognito” and using the browser’s private mode. Visit the following links to learn how to go incognito on your browser:

Internet Explorer             Firefox

Chrome                                Safari

Consider disabling geotagging & geolocation features on mobile devices. Sharing locations can threaten your privacy or personal safety. Visit the following links to learn how to disable geotagging and geolocation features on your mobile device:

iOS                 Android               Windows

Using Wi-Fi? If only public Wi-Fi is available, restrict your activity to simple searches (no banking!) or use a VPN (virtual private network). The latter provides an encrypted tunnel between you and the sites you visit. How do login to the VPN at WCU?

Should you trust that app? Only use apps from reputable sources. Check out reviews from users or other trusted sources before downloading anything that is unfamiliar.

Take care what you share (see video below). Periodically check the privacy settings for your social networking apps to ensure that they are set to share only what you want, with whom you intend. Be very careful about putting personal information online. What goes on the Internet usually stays on the Internet. Does that post pass the billboard test? Before you publicly post, think about your audience and your future.

Take care of what you share PSA video