Tips for Staying Safe on the Internet

The Internet reflects the real world where we live in. There are a few people out there who may take advantage of your naiveté and do malicious things that can harm you. Here are a handful of steps that you can take to make yourself safe when traversing the mysterious world of the Internet.

Secure your Computer

Protect your computer from rogue programs from the Internet. Make sure that your operating system is regularly updated. Ensure that your firewall and spyware protection are enabled. See to it that your anti-virus program is functioning and its virus definitions are being updated.

Exercise Care in Using your Email

Have a strong email password. Use at least 10 characters in your password and include small and capital letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. Delete mails coming from anyone that you do not know. Do not open any email that you suspect is a spam. The first thing that you should do after opening your email program is to delete all spam emails that were able to pass through your spam detection.

Do not give any personal information through email. Do not believe fake emails purportedly coming from your bank or any company that you do business with asking for passwords and other personal information. These emails are called phishing attempts and they trick you into believing that the message comes from a reputable business that you regularly deal with.

Do not open email attachments from someone that you do not know. The attachment may be a script or program that can harm your computer or compromise the security of your personal files. Do not include your email address in anything that you post to the Internet. There are programs that collect email addresses that will be included in mailing lists that are sold to online marketers.

Be Extra Careful when you Surf the Internet

Use an Internet browser that offers protection from unwanted programs that can harm your computer. Avoid going to untrustworthy sites in the Internet. Use your intuition when gauging the authenticity or trustworthiness of a site. Untrustworthy sites are hastily prepared and are shabbily designed. There is no real content in the site and whatever little content found is full of grammatical errors or just plain gibberish.

Refrain from downloading programs that promise unbelievable claims. If you notice that something is too good to be true, it most probably is false. Install in your computer only programs downloaded from trustworthy sources. Be wary of free programs that may cause damage to your computer. Do not Use your real name when joining discussion forums. Avoid making any libellous or derogatory remarks in discussion groups that you may join.

Do not upload any personal photo or video in the Internet. Also, do not include personal data in your blog or website. You’ll never know when unscrupulous persons may use them in circumstances that you may not find to your liking.

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