Cyber crimes come in a variety of forms, including identity theft, fraud, and viruses. Reduce your chances of becoming a victim by taking these important steps online:
- Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and don’t share them with others.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Use privacy settings and limit the amount of personal information you post online.
- Be cautious about offers. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Get additional information about protecting yourself online and reporting incidents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Image description: Explore historical artifacts — including the Wright Brothers airplane and Amelia Earhart’s flight suit — online in 3D through the Smithsonian Institute’s newest project.
The Smithsonian X 3D Web site lets you manipulate 3D images of the artifacts, allowing you to zoom in and out, spin the object and more.
Check it out at 3d.si.edu.
If you’re shopping for video games for your children, make sure you understand the game ratings before you make a purchase.
Our mobile apps gallery can help you find a range of free apps from government agencies. Here are some of the newest:
IRS2Go - This Internal Revenue Service app allows you to securely check up on your tax refund status, watch informational IRS videos, order your tax transcript and be up-to-date with all new IRS information.
Tornado - From the American Red Cross, this app helps you prepare in case of a tornado emergency. It features a helpful guide on creating an emergency kit in case of power outage and evacuation and gives you the location of emergency shelters. A siren also goes off when a warning is in place and lets you know when a warning has expired (extremely helpful during power outages).
Safer Car - This app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is great for any car owner. You can look up a vehicle’s crash test results and get notifications of important car recalls or new safety information. The app even gives you driving directions to a location near you where you can get help on properly installing child car seats.
Your Art - From the National Gallery of Art, this app proves that you don’t have to travel to appreciate amazing works of art. In Your Art’s highlights tour, you can view more than 130 pieces of art, all with audio commentary by the Gallery’s director, curators and researchers. Get your kids interested in the arts through the kids’ tour that features the famous works of Degas, Monet and many more.
Solve the Outbreak – In this new, educational game from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your job is to become a detective to stop and solve disease outbreak. It’s a great way to learn about public health and how real disease detectives help save lives.
If you’re planning a bus trip, the SaferBus iPhone app can check the safety record of the bus service.