October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and it is an opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders – especially the general public – to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Everyone has to play a role in cybersecurity. Constantly evolving cyber threats require the engagement of the entire nation — from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, the public.

Protecting Your Privacy While Using Public Computers & Wi-Fi

Access to public computers in libraries is convenient and a great resource for library users. Before you
use the Internet, the first step is to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take time to understand the risks and learn
how to spot potential problems. Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear and watch for
warning signs. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've taken the right steps to
safeguard and protect your privacy while using a public computer.


  • Delete your browsing history: Simply use the browser tools available to delete your cookies and history
    when you are finished using a public computer. This will help to maintain your privacy and keep your information more secure.

  • Log out: Anyone can access public computers. Close all browser tabs and log out of your accounts (some computers do this automatically but it is good to confirm). You wouldn’t want just anyone to have access to your personal information and accounts.

  • Remember me NOT: Make sure the “remember me” function is not enabled on a public computer.


  • Look for the “s”: Make sure sites are security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information.  "Http://" is not secure.

  • Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots: To protect your privacy, do not conduct personal transactions on Wi‐Fi hotspots or public computers that request sensitive information such as bank account information, home address or your social security number. Wait to conduct these transactions on a private home computer.

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.



  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that's an available option.

  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.

  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.


  • Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that's stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
  • Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.



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