When you cross the street, you look both ways to make sure it’s safe. Staying safe on the Internet is similar. It takes some common sense steps.

STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.

STOP.THINK.CONNECT. is an international initiative of APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), who has partnered in Switzerland with Swiss Internet Security Alliance (SISA). More information...

Tips

Keep your system up to date

Keep your operating system and other software always up-to-date. Use the automatic update function which is available in most software. Same rules apply for you browser plugins. We suggest using update helpers like Heimdal Free or Secunia PSI.

Keep your data save

Save your personal data regularly. Backup your computer system to external media, either on harddisks or cloud-based solutions.

Choose a strong password

For security reasons you should change pre-defined passwords immediately after receiving them. This also applies to all login credentials like online services, e-mail but also for internet connected devices like routers, mobile phones etc.

A few tips for a secure password:

  • The password should be at least 10 characters long
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and special characters (?!%+$ etc.) written in both upper case and lower case (refrain from using international special characters such as ä, é, à, ñ or §).
  • Avoid re-using previous passwords or using the same password for different Services/Devices

Get a good Antivirus

Protect your data and systems from malware. Use a known anti-virus software like Avira, Avast, AVG, which all provide free-to-use versions for private use. An anti-virus software will protect your valuable personal data from being accessed by unauthorized third parties.

Surf safe

Be careful when surfing the internet. An offer which sounds too good to be true, is in most cases a really bad one. Don't open e-mails from senders you don't know. Especially ones which will ask you for your password or ask you to open the attachment. No serious service provider will ask you for your login data. Ignore and delete immediately.