Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

The Internet Is Not Disneyland

Folks, the Internet is not Disneyland. Most knowledgeable people refer to it as the “wild, wild, West”, (a reference to sheer lawlessness) but I like a different analogy better.. think of it as going into the Big City, and going down to the docks/warehouse district, alone, and at night.
You can do it, but you best be careful.

What you can do to have protection:

1: please read Top 10 things you should do to your computer. It is a checklist, and provides you with the How To’s for a (more) protected_computersecure computer, as well as providing links to important (free) security downloads.
2: enable an anti-phishing filter, which can help alert you to poisoned websites before you go there. All modern browsers have a filter built in, and all you have to do is turn it on. Or you can add an anti-phishing toolbar/plug-in such as Link Scanner Lite, McAfee’s Site Advisor and/or – the excellent WOT.
3: make sure ALL the programs on your computer are patched and up-to-date. The easiest and most effective way to do this (IMHO) is to download and install the PSI (Personal Software Inspector) from Secunia.
4: Never respond to e-mails asking for personal information. Legitimate businesses never contact you about “important issues” via e-mail. But criminals love to go phishing!
5: Be PARANOID on the Internet. (Use common sense) Think someone can’t trace back to you? Guess again; your browser reveals a wealth of information by default.
Sound too good to be true? It is. There’s no such thing as a “free iPod”… and, no, you did not win the Irish Lottery.
Is looking at sexually explicit material simply irresistible? Go to one of those video rental shops that has a back room instead of clicking links and images.

A malware infection can cost you all your data and/or several hundred dollars in cleanup.. and/or many hours of your time..

[note: almost all of these things referred to above are “set it, then forget it” simple. You do not have to be an über-geek, or devote hours, to implement them. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!]

Today’s free link: What’s On My PC… FREE Layers of Protection!

Today’s free download: K9 Web Protection is a  free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.

* Orig post: 2/4/09

Copyright 2007-9 © Tech Paul. All rights reserved. post to jaanix

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April 26, 2009 - Posted by | advice, Internet, kids and the Internet, security

2 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    Thank you very much for this information… Excellent guide to keeping us safe online. Can’t remind us enough!

    Rick

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    Comment by whatsonmypc | April 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you, Rick.

      I know I warn my readers of the dangers faced on the Internet a lot.. too much maybe. But as a Tech, I see the damage done.. on pretty much a daily basis.

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      Comment by techpaul | April 27, 2009 | Reply


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