Week 1: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Security

The internet is used at home to engage in social media, complete assignments, maybe even adjust the thermostat, and more. Therefore, it is crucial to learn to use the internet safely and responsibly, and to secure all networks and devices.

Basic Tips and Advice:

  • Take the time to secure home networks. Make sure that all devices in your home that use the internet have the latest operating system, web browsers, and security software. Also, secure your wireless router by giving it a unique name, complicated password, and using a firewall.
  • Use different passwords for each account or device and make sure that your passwords are difficult to guess. Use a combination of characters, such as uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters.
  • Avoid purchasing networked devices, such as children’s games and toys which are especially vulnerable to hacking.
  • Install anti-virus software on your devices. McAfee anti-virus software is available to download for free to all CUNY students, staff, and faculty by logging into your CUNY portal account. Once you have logged in, the CUNY eMall link will be located on top of the web page between Library Services link and Help link. More CUNY eMall Information can be helpful in this process or if you are having having trouble logging in, click here to get help.

For more tips and advice, download the NCSAM Tip Sheet (PDF).

If you are a victim of a computer-related crime, file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center or your State Attorney General’s Office.