You A Safe Cyber Surfer?
Are you a safe cyber surfer? The stakes
are high if you're not.
Every time you buy stuff online, do your
banking or pay bills over the Internet, check in with your office by e-mail
or just surf the Web for fun, you open a gateway to the personal information
on your computer-including credit-card numbers, bank balances and more.
You may also be in for costly computer repairs and lost data, due to damaging
computer viruses that can invade your computer through e-mail connections.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take
to protect your computer, your
information and your peace of mind from computer creeps who try to slow
down a network operation, or worse yet, steal personal information to
commit a crime. Here are some tips to help you:
- Make sure your passwords have both letters
and numbers, and are at least eight characters long. Avoid common words:
some hackers use programs that can try every word in the dictionary.
Don't use your personal information, your login name or adjacent keys
on the keyboard as passwords-and don't share your passwords online or
over the phone.
- Protect yourself from viruses by installing
anti-virus software and updating it regularly. You can download anti-virus
software from the Web sites of software companies, or buy it in retail
stores; the best recognize old and new viruses and update automatically.
- Prevent unauthorized access to your
computer through firewall software
or hardware, especially if you are a high-speed user. A properly configured
firewall makes it tougher for hackers to locate your computer. Firewalls
are also designed to prevent hackers from getting into your programs
and files. Some recently released operating system software and some
hardware devices come with a built-in firewall. Some firewalls block
outgoing information as well as incoming files. That stops hackers from
planting programs called spyware-that cause your computer to send out
your personal information without your approval.
- Don't open a file attached to an e-mail
unless you are expecting it or know what it contains. If you send an
attachment, type a message explaining what it is. Never forward any
e-mail warning about a new virus. It may be a hoax and could be used
to spread a virus.
- When something bad happens-you think you've
been hacked or infected by a virus-
e-mail a report of the incident to your Internet provider and the hacker's
Internet provider, if you can tell what it is, as well as your software
To protect your privacy and help keep your
computers data safe you can use privacy protection software, security
software and monitoring software that is readily available online:
Privacy & Protection Software:
PC Delete - www.pcdelete.com
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