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Internet Safety

Strengthen Your Browsing Habits

  • Treat links to other websites with caution, even if they were posted by someone you trust
  • If unsure about the authenticity of a website, check the address in the URL bar to verify that you are actually on the correct website
  • Never allow your web browser to store personal information such as username, email address, or password if using a shared computer

Email Safety

  • Never respond to emails that request personal financial information
    • Reputable organizations do not ask their users/customers for passwords or account details in an email. If you think the email may not be legitimate, contact the company by phone using a number from official documents or from its website. Be sure to access the official website by typing in the URL manually and not from an email.
  • Be cautious about opening attachments and downloading files from any email, regardless of its source
    • If the systems of trusted friends or colleagues have been compromised, messages could be sent from those systems without their knowledge
  • Visit important websites by typing the URL into the address bar and not by clicking on email links
  • Never guess. Always ask.
  • If you receive a suspicious email and are uncertain what to do, contact RU's Technology Assistance Center at (540) 831-7500 or your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You can also contact the organization that you believe is being spoofed and ask them if the questionable email is legitimate.
    • Never be afraid to ask. Your skepticism could save you time, money and embarrassment

Protect Your Online Profile

  • Think about what you post on social networking sites.  Vacation pictures prove to thieves you are not at home.
  • For any site you store or post information to, review their privacy policy to see who has access to your data, how they share your data, and who has the ability to view your data by default.  Most social networking sites create a public profile by default.