Keep You and Your Family CyberSafe

Information security is our shared responsibility when we connect online at work and at home. CyberSafe at USPS™ offers tips to keep you and your family safe on the Internet.

The Internet is part of everyday life for you and your family members. Your kids are also online, and spend an increasing amount of time on mobile devices, such as cell phones and tablets. Just as the Internet makes it easier for your family to accomplish everyday tasks, it also provides cybercriminals with easy access to your family’s personal information.

The CyberSafe at USPS initiative (http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄) encourages you to make online security a priority for you and your family. Start with these simple tips to protect your family’s information while on the go and to improve online safety for your kids.

1. Be CyberSafe this summer.

While you enjoy good weather with the family, don’t forget to prioritize online safety. Follow these simple tips, whether you’re traveling or at home:

n Before leaving the office for travel or vacation, lock all hard copies of USPS® information resources in a secure filing cabinet.

n If you’re on the road, lock your devices in the trunk of your car before leaving the vehicle.

n When leaving a hotel room, fasten your laptop to an unmovable object by using a locking device or lock your computer in the room safe.

n Never leave your devices unattended in a public space.

n Before leaving your home or office, disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth capabilities to prevent your devices from connecting to unstable wireless networks.

2. Improve the Cyber Safety of your kids.

As summer begins and the school year ends, it is important to talk to your kids about online safety. Take the following steps to help kids be aware of information security risks:

n Create an open dialogue with kids so they can feel comfortable coming to you, if they see something online that makes them feel uncomfortable,

n Emphasize the concept of credibility — not everything they see on the Internet is true, and people on the Internet may not be who they appear to be.

n Remind your kids to keep their personal information private — including the names of family members, their school, telephone number, and address.

If data on your Postal Service computer has been stolen or misused, call 866-877-7247 or email

CyberSafe at USPS offers additional resources on information security and sharing data at http:⁄⁄⁄cyber⁄.

USPS has also partnered with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop. Think. Connect.™ campaign. DHS addresses performing a data back up on their website: https:⁄⁄⁄. When you take simple steps to protect yourself online, you create a safer Internet for your family and coworkers.