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Tips to help you practice good online safety habits:

  • Keep a Clean Machine  
    • Be sure to have current security software
      • Note: You can set your software to automatically update
    • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet
      • Computers
      • Smartphones
      • Gaming systems
    • Scan USBs and other external devices with security software

  • Protect Your Personal Information
  • Connect with Care
    • When in doubt, throw it out
      • Cybercriminals often use links in emails, social media, and online advertising to steal personal information
      • Delete anything that looks suspicious, even if you know the source
    • Be careful about wi-fi hotspots
      • Limit the type of business you conduct
      • Adjust security settings to control access to your device
    • Watch your money!
      • When banking and shopping be sure the site is security enabled
      • Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://,” which means the site takes extra measures to secure your information
      • “http://” is not secure 

Be Web Wise

  • Stay current

Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.

  • Think before you act

Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true, or ask for personal information.

  • Back it up

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Be a Good Online Citizen

  • Safer for me, more secure for all

What you do online has the potential to affect everyone–at home, at work, and around the world. Practicing good online habits fosters a safe digital community.

  • Follow the Golden Rule!

Post about others as you have them post about you.

  • Help the authorities fight cybercrime

Report stolen finances or identities and other cybercrime to the Internet Crime Complaint Center ( and to your local law enforcement or state attorney general as appropriate.

  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.

Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value, just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. 

  • Be aware of what’s being shared

Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.

  • Share with care

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.

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October 18: The Great California ShakeOut!

Join family, friends, and colleagues on October 18, 2019 at 10:18 a.m. when individuals, as well as schools, colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, senior facilities, and other organizations in Santa Cruz County will practice the Drop, Cover, and Hold On method of self-protection during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Participating is a great way for you, your family, or organization to prepare to survive and recover from big earthquakes. Click here to be included in the 2018 Great California Shakeout! It only takes a minute.

  • Be counted
  • Be listed with other participants in our County (optional)
  • Help motivate others to participate and prepare
  • Have peace of mind that you, your family, and your co-workers will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from our next big earthquake




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