Safety First

Keeping you & your digital loved ones secure.



I’ve been hacked

Why you need a password manager, now

Protect your logins. Use a password manager (like the default password manager in Firefox) to make creating and remembering passwords easier. Check out this list from Wired for more options. (Note: we haven’t tried them all – see what works for you.)


Update Available

How not to be a ransomware victim

Keep it updated. Updating to the latest security software, browser, and operating system provides an important defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats.


Encrypt the Cybers

Protect what’s private with encryption

  • Encrypt your communications. Signal, Whatsapp and iMessage are all encrypted.
  • Look for the lock. Before you enter personal information online, make sure the website is encrypted by looking for the lock icon next to the URL (lock icon).
  • Advocate for encryption. If a favorite or frequently visited website isn’t encrypted tell them about Let’s Encrypt, a free, automated and open certificate authority run for the public’s benefit.


Trouble Connecting

The true cost of free public WiFi

  • Look for the lock. Before you enter personal information online, make sure the website is encrypted by looking for the lock icon next to the URL (lock icon).
  • Go Virtual. If you use WiFi often, use a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
  • Consider before connecting. Change the settings on your mobile device to not automatically connect to public WiFi.


How safe is your smart home?

Time to lock your digital doors

  • Do away with the default. Check your router settings and make sure you aren’t still using the defaults. If you are, update your username and password.
  • Make it even more secure. Read Consumer Reports 5 ways to hack proof your router for additional measures to secure your router.


Double the Defense

Multi-factor authentication. Big words, big help.

This is part of a broader movement for a healthy internet. See more.