Tips For Safer Computing Online
New computer viruses threaten the unwary user everyday. Hackers jeopardize your online security with invasive computer techniques to steal your passwords, personal information, even identity.
Unscrupulous marketers bait you with free software that unleashes spyware, trojans, or worms, on your system.
While other marketers bombard you with popups at every turn. And others send unsolicited spy emails asking you to click links to unsafe websites that install threating software on your computer, or try to download your private information.
These are only a few of the security issues involved while online. Read through the following list to arm your computer and protect yourself against these vicious and often malicious online attacks.
1. Install a good anti-virus software.
2. Install a personal firewall.
3. Install a good pop up blocker.
Google has a free pop up blocker so does Yahoo. The only drawback is you will have to download and install their toolbar.
Never use easy to guess passwords like your favorite color, your social security number, your birthdate, words less than six characters. Mix up passwords with combinations of numbers and symbols.
Don't forward virus warnings you receive in emails. It's not your job to warn others. And you might be circulating a fake warning
designed to scare receivers into downloading trojans or removing important files on their computer.
7. Keep It Secret.
Don't give your password to anyone. Be wary of emails asking you to give out your personal passwords for accounts online. Or emails asking you to click a link and enter your password on the site. This site might be a fake sent by hackers "phishing" for victims.
8. Primary Email Address.
Don't divulge your primary email address on unfamiliar sites. You might be bombarded with unsolicited emails by marketers who sell your address to third parties online.
9. Free Accounts
Set up several free email accounts with a psuedo name to handle spam, when you register with unfamiliar sites, or to use on chat and message boards.
10. Chat Line And Message Board Warnings.
Don't release personal information on chat lines or message boards. This is one way many identity thefts occur.