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Safe Browsing Tips

By Nextrio on August 01st, 2013 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Today’s viruses and malware are smarter and more pervasive than ever, but there are best practices that can increase your protection and decrease your chances of infection.  Try following these simple rules:

  • If you don’t know who sent you an attachment or e-mail, delete it without opening it.
  • If you get an e-mail telling you about a virus, about something not to do or do, etc., it’s likely a hoax. Check it out here: www.hoaxbusters.org.
  • Don’t fall for Phishing scams. These are e-mails that look like they come from your bank, from ebay, from Pay Pal or other organizations. They want you to update your information, usually a very official looking website that you are directed to from a link in the e-mail. Delete them, or better yet, do what we do. Report them to the company they are pretending to be from. Most companies now want to get these e-mails so they can follow up on and close down the illegal sites.
  • Shopping online: This is generally a secure way to purchase, no more risky than ordering over the phone or handing your credit card to someone at a store. Things to look for: Make sure the site is reputable. If you are uncertain, order over the phone instead of online. Look for the http:// to change to https://. This means that the information is encrypted between your browser and the site you are purchasing from, which keeps it safe from prying eyes. Don’t let sites keep your credit card information on file. While it may be easy and convenient for you, most issues have been caused by person’s breaking into company servers and taking the credit card records, not by someone intercepting a card number during an order submission.
  • Physical access: You can do a lot to keep yourself safe, but if someone else uses your PC and you don’t know their browsing habits, you could potentially make yourself vulnerable. If someone else uses your machine, make sure they are aware of what good computer habits are and how they can keep your machine safe.
  • Use different passwords for online accounts. 
  • Do not email personal information, Social Security Numbers, passwords, etc.
  • Keep your PC up to date with Windows Updates as well as updates for third party software, such as Java, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, etc.
  • When on the Internet, if you didn’t initiate it, STOP it. 
  •  When on the Internet, if you are not sure, DON’T.