online safetyCyberspace is the environment in which communication occurs over computer networks. But as we all know, cyberspace is a complex entity that hackers can use to steal personal information from millions of Americans.

Indiana State Senator Randy Head said, “The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has an entire webpage dedicated to protecting you and your family from cybercrime.”

He gave some tips and guidelines that citizens can use to help protect themselves and their most sensitive information:

  • Use strong passwords that contain at least eight characters and use combinations of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation.
  • Use security software tools like anti-virus software, which can be used to detect and remove viruses from computers.
  • Do not open unsolicited or unknown emails, and be careful what you click on, as some links can install malevolent software, known as malware, onto your computer.
  • Keep your web browsers and operating systems up-to-date.
  • Be cautious when shopping online, especially if a product is extremely undervalued.

Follow these steps to ensure your safety online. For more information and cyber security fact sheets from the IDHS, click here.