Tips to Protect Your Personal Information

Tips to help you ensure that your browsing and email activities do not put your personal information at risk. These tips will only help if you understand them - we can only cover the problems/issues that may arise when you are browsing or handling your email.These tips apply to all internet connected devices that you might use, including your cell phone, laptop, tablet, desktop, and any other internet connected device that allows you to access email or browse the internet.

We cannot possibly cover every "sneaky" way that a criminal may attempt to hoodwink you.  We can only teach you the types of things to look out for - then, YOU have to apply this knowledge to each web site or email that you encounter, and think to yourself "could this be a way to pry information from me for illicit purposes? Is this a legitimate and safe activity?"

Financial Transactions

 Tips to help you protect your financial accounts from criminals.

 Safer Financial Transactions - ways to better protect your online financial transactions


Browsing Tips

Use ONLY TLS/SSL when supplying ANY Personally Identifiable Information on a web page. TLS (preferred) or SSL

(older standard, less secure than TLS) encrypt the data sent between your browser and the web site.  Click on the link to learn how to detect if a site is protecting your information using TLS/SSL.


Check your browser - sslabs - to see if it supports "strong encryption".

Check your browser - howsmyssl - to see if it supports "strong encryption".

Check your browser - browsercheck - to make sure everything is up to date.

Check a website - sslabs - to see if it supports "strong encryption".


Email Tips

Hot to spot a phishing email - tips for avoiding the scammers in your inbox