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Safe Web Browsing

Many people use the Internet on a daily basis without trouble, but it can harbor some hidden dangers to you and your computer. These risks can include exposure of sensitive personal information and infection by malware, which includes viruses, spyware, and adware. Safe browsing means being aware of these online threats and taking the necessary steps to avoid them.


Update Web browsers regularly and enable security features

  • Choose "Yes" when browser programs like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari prompt you to update; current versions of these browsers protect you against security vulnerabilities in older versions
  • Adjust security settings for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers to warn you about annoying and potentially dangerous threats to your security, like popups, spyware, and malicious add-ons


Install protective software

  • There are many “free” programs that promise to clean your computer. Be cautious when downloading any software from the internet. If you are looking for a free version of protective software please visit Under the security tab there are several options to choose from.


Guard personal information

  • Look for signs of an encrypted Web page when providing sensitive personal information (credit card or banking information, SSNs, etc.) online; key identifiers include a URL for the Web site's login page that begins with "https" and a padlock icon  [Encryption Padlock] in your browser status bar (the location of this icon will vary based on browser)


Be wary of Internet downloads

  • Streaming media Web sites might seem harmless, but watching or listening to streaming media may mean downloading a special media player that could contain malware
  • Downloaded files like software or other media can hide malware on your computer without your knowledge
  • If a download seems too good to be true, it probably is—don't risk it!

When in doubt you can visit, call or email the ONU IT Help Desk for guidance.

Information Technology: Help Desk

IT Help Desk

Northern Commons Room 121
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed