Use Common Sense in all of Your Online Activities. Even the best policy can’t protect your online privacy and security in all circumstances. Unscrupulous advertisers, hackers, and scam artists are constantly searching the Internet looking for new targets. Your best protection is to understand the limits to privacy on the Internet and use common sense in all of your on-line activities. Be aware that e-mail is an inherently insecure form of communication. Anytime you visit a chat room or post a message to an on-line bulletin board, your e-mail address can be used by advertisers looking to compile lists for unsolicited commercial e-mail (also known as spam). Be sure that you only disclose your e-mail address in circumstances in which it is safe to do so. Beware of scams in which persons unknown to you request your screen name, password, or credit card information. Make sure you verify the identity of anyone asking for personal information. Always monitor your children’s on-line activity and educate them as to the rules for safe Internet use.
This document was last modified on January 1, 2018.