Protecting Your Personal Information Online

Stop.Think.Connect to Cyber Awareness

Protecting your personal information online is important, and Maricopa Community Colleges takes your online security seriously.

As you navigate the web, it is important for you to...

  • protect your personal information
  • secure your devices
  • avoid scams


Protect Your Personal Information

As a foremost security measure, never share your personal information. This includes your banking information, social security number, legal and medical records, and any personal passwords. As such, make sure you always protect sensitive information when you are on a public computer and always log off when you are done.

Be sure to use cryptic passwords that cannot be easily guessed. Also be sure to always remember your password and to not write it down or share it with others. The Norton Identity Safe Password Generator offers a free and safe way to create secure passwords that are difficult to guess and/or crack.


Secure Your Devices

It is strongly recommended that you secure laptop computers and mobile devices at all times. To do this, be sure to lock them up or carry them with you. Shut down, lock, log off, or put your computer and other devices to sleep before leaving them unattended, and make sure they require a secure password to start up or wake up.

For more information, refer to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team's Cyber Threats to Mobile Security.


Avoid Scams

Beware of scams and malware. This includes attempts at phishing and attempts to install malicious software on your devices. To do this, never provide personal information via email. In addition, do NOT open attachments from unknown senders and do NOT install or download unknown or unsolicited programs to your computer.

For more information, refer to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team's Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.


See the article Safety and Security at Maricopa Community Colleges if you need information about your personal safety and public security.