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How to Surf Safely online
Published  06/19/2011 | Security | Unrated
How to Surf Safely online

Safe surfing doesn’t simply refer to tips for kids surfing online. Internet usage across the globe is ever growing. Hence it’s necessary for everyone to remember a few basics while surfing the net. They can easily prevent you from being the victim of some scam or being taken in by someone who appears
trustworthy.

The most elementary precaution of net surfing is to not give out any of your personal information. This includes your name, address, credit card numbers, phone number and passwords. Remain as anonymous as possible, as often as possible. Remember, most credible sites and services don’t require this information for simple surfing. If one requests any of the above details, then beware. If cheating on the internet weren’t so easy, phishing wouldn’t be as common as it is today.

Think carefully before creating an email address or screen name. Avoid identifying whether you’re a male or female. When entering a chat room, make sure to adjust a nickname substantially different from your screen name. If a conversation makes you uncomfortable, you can leave without worrying about having your email tracked through your screen name. Friends should also set up private chat rooms when chatting with people they know rather than discussing things in the open. Keep most online friendships in the online realm. If you really wish to meet an online friend in the real world, always make sure it’s in a public place and you’re in the company of friends and family. Remember that it’s very easy for someone to be someone they’re not, age-wise and what not.

Read the fine print on a web page you visit. Even if you conform to the law, saying ‘yes’ on some of these pages is as good as giving your personal signature. Confirm that you won’t be receiving any unnecessary spam or that your contact details are not circulated with other sites. Avoid any pages of a dubious nature, especially ones that ask for your personal details especially if you think it’s unnecessary. Any pop-ups that prompt you to click on them could be spyware.

Always have the latest security software and remember to keep it updated. If you ever receive an anonymous attachment or email, delete it right away without opening it. Spam blockers are especially important but don’t neglect having anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed on your PC. Firewalls are also good for preventing any one from illegally accessing your PC from the outside. However, always remember that these are safety measures. Only if you apply a liberal amount of common sense will they be truly effective. Not even the most up-to date software can save you when you’re willingly giving out personal details.

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