Computer/Internet Safety Tips

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Internet Safety is Very Important

Did you know that there are over five millions people per day that access the internet?  Ten years, who would have thought the numbers would be that high?  There are a lot of great things about the internet, like how easy it is to do research for school or keeping in touch with your friends and family who do not live close to you.

Of course, with the convenience that internet brings with research and keeping in touch, there are people out there that want to scam you on the internet, or that want to infect your computer with viruses, trojans, or the like.  You have to learn to keep yourself protected so you do not become a victim.

To help keep you, your family and your computer safe, I thought I would put together a few safety tips to protect you.  It is better to protect yourself before something happens, rather than have something bad happen and have to spend lots of money to clean your computer, get your identity stolen, or have to get a new computer all together!

  • You need, need a good antivirus program.  I really cannot stress this enough.  If you do not have an antivirus program, you are just asking for trouble.  If you do have a program to protect your computer, then make sure you keep it up to date so it will work properly and there are no holes that viruses can get through.  Unfortunately there are new viruses being created just about every day.
  • I know those CAPTCHAs can be annoying, but they are there for identity authentication, to ultimately keep you, your computer, and your information safe.  Don’t know what a CAPTCHA is?  I am 99.9% positive you have encountered one – they are those boxes with the hard to read letters and numbers that you have to answer just about every time you buy something online or create an account on a website.
  • If you have a wireless connection, otherwise called a wifi, in your house, make sure you have an encryption key, or a password, set up on it so that not just anyone can access your internet.  There’s ways that people can hook up to see what you are doing while surfing the internet, and if you enter your password or bank account information, or anything personal, that information is now theirs and your unsafe and vulnerable now.

Those are just a few quick tips I wanted to share with you to keep you, your information, and your computer safe.  When it comes to keeping your information safe, there really is no such thing as being too careful.

What other tips do you have to add when it comes to internet safety?

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