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I wish to share this general reference page about personal security online and tips on what to do if you have picked up a cyber creep.  The legal info is for a U.S. audience, but the main themes apply anywhere, and you can check with your country on the status of legal protections  and recourse.

Be safe!

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Get Involved in the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign: 

Stop. Think. Connect. 

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, titled Stop. Think. Connect. seeks to educate and raise awareness among the American public about the necessity of adopting safe cyber practices online.  Cybersecurity is increasingly becoming one of the most critical issues affecting both short-term and long-term US national and economic security.  The Campaign includes the following programs: 

•   “Friends of the Campaign†actions Friends can do include distributing Campaign materials, leading or hosting a cyber awareness activity, discuss the importance of cybersecurity with your friends and family 

•   PSA Challenge  If you want to help the Department in our efforts to make the Internet safer for the public, consider entering the PSA Challenge – We are seeking videos that inspire Americans to Stop. Think. Connect. 

•   Cyber Citizen Forums the Campaign is engaging in Cyber Citizen Forums hosted across the country, at community centers, town halls, colleges and universities, to prompt dialogue and inspire action to support the goals of Stop. Think. Connect. 

Your involvement in the Campaign will be beneficial for both our organizations and most importantly our country. 
 For more information about the Campaign, please visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect. 
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Creating a Safer, More Secure Digital Nation from the STOP, THINK, CONNECT Campaign...

"More and more, Americans are adopting new and innovative technologies and spending more of their time online. Our thirst for computers, smartphones, gadgets and being online seems to have no limits. At home, at work and at school, our growing dependence on technology, coupled with increasing threats of cyber attacks and risks to our privacy, demands greater security in our online world.

A recent national study found that online safety is a personal priority for Americans. Ninety-six percent of Americans surveyed feel a personal responsibility to be safe and secure online, while 93 percent said their online actions could protect not only friends and family but also help make the Internet safer for everyone around the world[1].

But while the research recognizes the importance of being safe online, it also led to the conclusion that consumers could benefit from simple, easy-to-understand, actionable resources and tips to help ensure their safety and security online. Access to this type of information can give Americans the tools they need to make more-informed decisions – even before they go online.

That’s why the Department of Homeland Security is actively working with the public and private sector to promote cybersecurity and leading the effort to engage and educate Americans to help them understand the importance of online safety. Whether it’s protecting ourselves from identity theft and cyber crime or protecting the nation from a cyber attack, we all must share the responsibility of promoting a safer cyberspace."

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