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Online Safety

We want you to stay safe while you’re online. Here are some helpful links that will protect both you and your computer. These tips are good to know, whether you’re socializing on Facebook, doing online banking, or backing up your computer files.


Malware, or malicious software, is hostile, intrusive, or annoying code that includes viruses, spyware, adware, worms, trojan horses, and other unwanted programs.

Phishing Tips

The goal of a phishing scam is to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, and other information. If you think you've received a phishing e-mail message, do not respond to it.

Secure Passwords

Your Penn State Access Account password is the key to many electronic services within the Penn State community. Guard your password just as you guard your bank card PIN. Don't write it down or make it easy for someone to crack. Never share your password with others.

Social Networking

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter make it easy to meet people on a personal or professional level. By providing personal information using blogs, chat, e-mail, or messaging, you can meet new friends and communicate with others who share your interests. But digital relationships can be deceptive.

Back Up Your Files

Don't wait until you lose hours or even years of work in a single moment. Back up your files regularly onto an external hard drive or CD/DVD burner. Many new computers have CD/DVD burners built in.

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