Be Aware Everywhere

  • Empower yourself with simple actionable steps to actively manage your online activities at work and at home. Understand how your personal information might be collected and the benefits and risks of sharing personal data.

    Be Aware. Be Cautious: It Applies Everywhere

    Being online is part of your life. Take steps to protect yourself, your information, and your computers (video).

    Spot Spam in Your Email

    Try your hand at this Spam Scam Slam video game to see if you know when an email is a scam. And  manage spam in your JWU email.

    Be Cautious of Suspicious Links

    Use good judgement before clicking on anything. Stick with who and what you know, and reputable sources.

    Look for Strong Encryption

    On a website, you want https:// or shttp:// when entering sensitive information.

    The Padlock Icon

    This tells you that you are visiting a website with a secure connection. This icon can appear in the lower right corner of your browser or at the upper left in the website address bar.

    Without this padlock icon, anything you type can be intercepted. This leaves your text message to a friend or online payment open to anyone. The padlock means that website will send your information in code = encrypted. Learn more in Nova Labs' encryption cyber codes video and quiz.

    Cookies Track Your Online Activity

    See Wall Street Journal's How Advertisers Use Internet Cookies to Track You (video).

    Constantly Scan USBs

    Like a bad cold, your flash drive can catch a virus too!

    If Something Looks Strange or Out of Place

    Always report it. And, watch these short FTC videos to know what it looks and what to do, if you think your computer or email had been hacked.

    Watch Your Bank Accounts

    Cyber criminals will take out pennies to see if you notice before they go for a larger amount.

    Are You at Risk?

    Check yourself with the  Workplace Security Risk Calculator and Online Identity Risk Calculator.