National Night Out is a great time to focus on online safety

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 2, and the City of Minneapolis is encouraging residents to use that evening to discuss cyber safety with neighbors.

Criminals often use the Internet to gain private information from victims, and the City’s 2014 Minneapolis Community Technology Survey shows that only 42 percent of residents overall are “very comfortable” with protecting their computers, preventing viruses, backing up files and avoiding scams. As technology use increases at home, at school and at work, it’s important for all residents to follow safety precautions online and to understand and detect threats. 

Below are some basic ways you can protect yourself and your computer:

Protect your computer

Guard your personal information

Beware of scams 

Connect online with care

Help your neighbors

File cybercrime reports with the Minneapolis Police Department so that cases in Minneapolis can be addressed and documented. Reports can also be submitted to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Federal Trade Commission.

Published Jul 27, 2016