BEST: Cybersafe Main Page

 
Welcome to CT.Gov/Cybersafe
 
CT.Gov/Cybersafe was launched by the Governor's Office to help residents learn more about using the internet safely and responsibly. It is maintained and offered as public service by the State of Connecticut Department of Administrative Services Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology. We hope you find CT.Gov/Cybersafe a useful tool to stay safe online.
 
 
 
Identity Theft Resources
 
An estimated 500,000 to 700,000 Americans become new identify theft victims each year, according to the FBI. The Department of Consumer Protection has an array of resources for you to learn more about how to protect yourself.
 
Resources for Parents, Educators and Students
 
This website teaches children to safely navigate the Internet through a virtual playground with Faux Paw the Technocat. It also includes storybooks, an animated video download, and educational games.
 
The Center has published a site on the topic of online dangers, including a section for parents and guardians on "What to Watch for and What To Know." The site also includes a special section for teens, and an online game called "ID The Creep" to raise awareness of the dangers on online chat rooms, instant messaging and more.
 
Netsmartz was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It offers a wide variety of additional resources including the online lingo" guide for parents to understand the acronyms kids use when communicating online, suggested internet safety pledges of kids of different ages, and real life stories of kids who met danger online
 
General Information
 
The US-CERT, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors, coordinates defense against and responses to cyber attacks across the nation. The US-CERT Reading Room offers resources for both home and business users, on topics such as securing your computer,  protecting yourself against spyware, and even online signup for cyber-security alerts.
 
This center has prepared an online reference guide to cyber-security.
 
Consumer Online Safety
The Federal Trade Commission links to consumer publications and alerts concerning cybersafety.
 
Quick tips to protect you and your family from internet fraud. The site also includes links to an online internet crime reporting form.
 
Small Businesses
 
Department of Homeland Security
Download the "Common Sense Guide to Cybersecurity for Small Business" and access other information of importance to business owners.
 
On Guard-Online
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.