Top 5 Internet Do’s and Don’ts
Technology is evolving all the time, and so are Internet threats. It can be hard to keep track of how to cope with these challenges when things change so quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 5 basic principles to help you keep surfing safely—now and in the future.
1. Do install a firewall. There are two kinds of firewalls: hardware and software. Most wireless Internet routers also work as firewalls, but you should also have a software firewall for more comprehensive protection.
2. Do install antivirus protection and update your antivirus software regularly. Just having antivirus software is not enough. Virus definitions change all the time, so it’s important to do regular system scans and updates to make sure your protection is current and working.
3. Do shop on secure websites and avoid ones that aren’t secure. You can tell if a site is secure by checking the URL: https:// means it’s secure; http:// means that somebody could “eavesdrop” on your shopping session. You can also look for a padlock icon in the lower part of your browser window. Do not give out your credit card number over an insecure connection.
4. Don’t click randomly on links. If you get an email from a suspicious sender encouraging you to “Click here,” figure out where “here” goes first. When you mouse over the link, you should be able to see the URL it connects to at the bottom of your browser. You can also right-click on the link to copy it, and then paste it into a Notepad or Word document to see what it is. And if you’re ever in doubt about a link—don’t click it.
5. Don’t forward chain emails. Many chain emails are sent by professional spammers who use the chain to harvest working addresses. Once you forward on a chain email, the spammer has confirmation that you exist—and you’ll get a lot more unwanted mail where that came from.