Internet Safety Tips for 2012
The internet is full of scams fraud, and malicious software, ready to attack your computer. The bottom line is, you need to have proper safety measures in place to protect yourself from these things. Follow these basic internet safety tips in order to minimize chances of online attacks.
A Good Password PolicyTake serious consideration in the passwords you use. Make sure to use good passwords for your email and other online accounts. It’s also a good idea to change your passwords often. It’s not a good idea to share them with people, especially never by sending them over the internet. If you need to give someone your password for some reason, don’t send it via email or any online chat programs.
Separate Email for Work & LeisureKeep business separate from personal when it comes to email and everything else. Having 2 emails is a good idea. Have all business and financial things go to one, and all social network and other personal things go to another.
Shop only from Trusted Online StoresOnly purchase online from trusted websites. There are plenty of fake shopping websites out there that have nothing more than a goal of getting your credit card information. Check for a physical address to be listed on the site somewhere and proper contact information.
Also, use a credit card when making purchases instead of a debit card. That way, the transaction is not directly tied to your bank account. Certain websites like Amazon are trusted for sure but also be on the lookout for copycat sites that are made to look like websites that you know and trust. Look at the address bar where the URL of the site is and make sure it actually says the proper website URL in it.
Be careful Who you hangout with OnlineDon’t accept friend requests from strangers on social networks. Often times, people will get a friend request from someone and accept it simply because another friend of theirs is friends with them. If you don’t know the person, there’s really no reason to accept. Scammers create fake accounts on social networks just to reach people with their spam or advertising.
Regularly Update your BrowserKeep your browser up to date. Browsers are updated often when new security problems are found and fixed. If you don’t upgrade, you could be using an outdated browser that has known security issues that have been fixed in new versions.
Install an Antivirus SoftwareUse antivirus software and keep it up to date also. Programs like Avast and AVG are good reputable antivirus programs. The virus database in these programs needs to be updated often. This is basically a record of all known viruses. Keeping this updated allows the program to know about new viruses when they are released.
Install just the Software you needMinimize the amount of programs you have installed. If you have unnecessary programs on your computer, get rid of them. They will only slow your system down and possibly cause vulnerabilities.
Keeping these tips in mind will help keep you safe online and avoid as many cyber-attacks as possible. All of these tools and pieces of software to protect you are great, but the best tool is your own knowledge. Be smart when online and use caution when unsure of websites, downloads, or emails. Thinking smart and being cautions can prevent things that tools just can’t sometimes.
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