Internet Safety

Use these free tips and tools to protect your privacy, avoid malware, and spot scams online.


 Protect Your Device


Smartphone Security Checker
Use the Federal Communications Commission’s helpful tool to see if your device is protected and secure against threats.

Security Planner
Get an easy-to use DIY plan for protecting your phone, computer or other devices, courtesy of Consumer Reports.

Online Security
Explore the Federal Trade Commission’s resources and tips to protect your phone, passwords, Wi-Fi security and more.

Find out from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency about malware, how to avoid it, and what to do if your device is infected.

Manage Your Privacy Settings
Check out National Cybersecurity Alliance’s resource page filled with direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services or read about your platforms’ privacy policies and statements.

If Your Account Was Hacked
Respond quickly. National Cybersecurity Alliance shares steps to take to regain control of your accounts.

 Spot and Avoid Scams Online


Phishing Scams
Learn tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting yourself from malware-infected texts and emails.

Safely Paying Bills Online
Make secure online payments without being scammed with these tips from AARP.

Romance Scams
Be cautious when meeting people online and watch for these red flags from the Federal Trade Commission to avoid romance scammers.

Tech Support Scams
Understand how to spot, avoid, and report Tech Support Scams from the Federal Trade Commission.

Connect with Cuyahoga County's Scam Squad
Scam Squad is a senior financial fraud task force that unites nonprofits and social service agencies with local, state and federal law enforcement in the fight against fraud. 

Additional Resources