Tech – for Everyone

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

Internet Safety – 5 Things To Know

.. Tip #5 may be the most important thing to know.. Tell your friends and family – please.

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 protect yourself (and your machine):

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) secure computer, as well as providing links to important (free) security downloads.

protected_computer2) 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 (Web Of Trust).

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.
When a window opens telling you updates are available, install them. I don’t care if the timing is inconvenient.

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 Online 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 (aka “virus”) infection can cost you all your files and 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 recommended reading:
* What’s On My PC… FREE Layers of Protection!
* For a comprehensive all-in-one security solution, I recommend Norton’s Internet Security 2011 or the more full-featured 360, (PC Magazine just reviewed Norton 360 v5 and gave it Editors Choice. Read the review here).

“Norton 360 Version 5.0 has all the protective power of Norton Internet Security 2011, but with a friendlier face. You can dig for details but it won’t push them at you. And it scored very, very well in my performance tests. It remains PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for security mega-suites.”

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.

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March 9, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, security | Leave a comment