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InternetSafetyRules

Clif's Internet Safety Rules

Website - Tip

Tip by ClifNotes on 10/03/05

 

Notes

Here are some rules you can use to keep you safe and help keep the spyware out of your PC. I keep adding stuff to them, without getting too specific. If you have any questions about any of these rules, or you have suggestions on how I can improve this list, EmailClif.

 

  • Make sure you have a hardware or software firewall.

  • Always have a good virus protection program running and make sure it's up to date.

  • Scan your PC with adware and spyware scanners every now and then.

  • Find an intrusion detection program and learn how to use it.

  • Never open spam emails. You know what a spam email looks like most of the time.

  • Don't be fooled by spoofed emails that appear to be from MSN or Ebay or other places like that. I can send you an email that appears to be from President Bush, so can the hackers. If you do get fooled into opening up an email like that and it asks you to follow the links and enter in personal information, don't do it. Good companies don't ask you to do that. Only bad ones do.

  • Never click on popup advertisements while surfing the web. Sometimes these popups try to fool you into thinking they are Windows error messages. Don't be fooled. Don't click on them. Hit <ALT><F4> to close a popup window, and make sure you are using a good popup blocker. If you are at a website that has lots of popups, don't stay there unless you need to. The more popups a website has, the less you can trust them.

  • Never download and install programs from a website you are not familiar with. There are lots of people like me who can tell you which programs and websites are safe. If you go out looking for free programs, stick with Freeware Arena, Snapfiles, and some of the other big sites that scan their programs.

 

 

Have fun, and surf safely,

 

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RulesOfProtection - avoiding spyware and viruses

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