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Securing your Mobile Device & Understanding Security on the Internet.
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Internet security takes many forms and no single security solution is comprehensive. It is important to recognize the risks and what you can do about it.
Public Access Computers and Laptops Provided by the Library
Highland Park Public Library public access computers use several strategies to help keep your Internet experience safe but ultimately you are responsible for your own security.
Public access computers are updated weekly with software and security patches including Windows updates to minimize vulnerabilities
Firewall rules, antivirus, and other policies are enforced
We utilize a 3rd party application called Deep Freeze which returns the PC to a previous state after reboot. Any threats or personal information is then deleted.
Your Private Wi-Fi Connected Device
The Library offers two Wi-Fi connections; one that is “Open” or unsecured (HPPL), and another that is secured (HPPLS)
HPPL is an "open" connection and sends information between your device and the Wi-Fi Access Point in plain text. No password is needed to use this unsecured network.
HPPLS is a WPA secured network. A password, available at any service desk,is needed to access this connection. This network encrypts your communication. Note that secured Wi-Fi alone is only a small part of a robust Internet Security Solution.
Other security options to help keep you safe
Use a firewall
Visit only secure HTTPS sites
Use MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication
Use strong passwords
Avoid Social Engineering or Phishing attacks
Use TOR browser to remain anonymous while surfing
Use aVPN (virtual private network)