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Tips for Internet Safety

By Jennifer Cobb

Internet safety is on everyone’s minds these days, and that’s a good thing. More than ever, broadband connections serve communications, commerce, and entertainment functions.  Personal privacy and protection is a vital part of any of these functions and many other Internet-based activities. Here are a few tips according to an Internet Safety for Adults article posted online:

Keep your personal information private

  • Consider what you share in profiles.
  • Check a company's privacy policy before buying.
  • Watch out for phishing.
  • Keep an eye on accounts.
  • Be aware of your Internet presence - everything you do on the Internet is apparent to other users, and you should be aware of what they are seeing.
  • Report identity theft.  

Keep your accounts secure

  • Choose a great password.
  • Don’t reuse passwords.
  • Keep your passwords safe.
  • Watch for keyloggers and malware – certain computer programs, called keyloggers, can keep track of the keys you type and transmit this information to people who might want to steal your accounts.

Stay vigilant at all times

  •  Think before opening e-mail attachments – don't open e-mail attachments from people you don't know.
  • Consider the legitimacy of free programs – many free programs are merely a device for delivering     adware and spyware.
  • Keep your virus software up to date.
  • Watch for fraud – to learn how to protect yourself from online fraud, visit the Internet National Fraud Information Center.
  • Be on the lookout for sexual predators – if you do decide to arrange a personal meeting with someone you met online, always    request that your first date be in a restaurant or similar public place. It's also a good idea to tell a friend where you're going and to make sure someone is available to check up on you later in the evening.


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