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Internet Safety

Cuyahoga County Consumer Affairs and its Scam Squad partners compiled these free resources for county residents to use to secure their devices and browse the internet safely.

Protect Your Device

Spot and Avoid Scams Online 

Smartphone Security Checker
Use the Federal Communications Commission’s helpful tool to see if your device is protected and secure against threats.

Online Security
Explore the Federal Trade Commission’s resources and tips to protect your phone, passwords, WiFi security and more.

Find out from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency about malware, how to avoid it, and what to do if your device is infected.

Security Planner
Get an easy-to use DIY plan for protecting your phone, computer or other devices, courtesy of the nonprofit Consumer Reports.

Manage Your Privacy Settings
Check out National Cybersecurity Alliance’s resource page filled with direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services or read about your platforms’ privacy policies and statements.

Phishing Scams
Learn tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting yourself from malware-infected texts and emails.

Safely Paying Bills Online
Make secure online payments without being scammed with these tips from AARP.

Romance Scams
Be cautious when meeting people online and watch for these red flags from the Federal Trade Commission to avoid romance scammers.

Tech Support Scams
Understand how to spot, avoid, and report Tech Support Scams from the Federal Trade Commission.

Connect with Cuyahoga County's Scam Squad


Additional Resources

Digital Navigators
Connect with a digital navigator and explore options to get affordable internet, free training, and discounted devices.

GCF Global Learning
Take free online courses in topics ranging from basic computer skills, how to use a mouse, and additional internet safety tips.

Helpful tip sheets for parents of tweens and teens.



The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.