Tips for Staying Safe Online

The Internet is an amazing resource and it should be apparent to all that it is here to stay. There is so much information people can gather, so many tasks people can accomplish, and so many personal connections to be made that the Internet is truly a one of a kind and irreplaceable tool in today's world. But as with everything, there are ways you can get in trouble if you are not careful. Along with all of the good the Internet provides, it also provides a medium for scammer, identity thieves, and other predators. This certainly shouldn't scare you away from using the Internet, but while doing so, you should be aware of the risks. Listed below are the top ten things you can do to keep yourself safe. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Use Anti-virus Software
Virus that get into your computer can cause all kinds of problems. They can make your computer slow or unusable, cause all sorts of pop up advertisements to be displayed, or allow spammers to use your computer and your internet connection to send out their Viagra, porn, or phishing e-mails. But perhaps worst of all, a virus can operate completely under the radar sneakily recording and reporting back what you do on your computer including the websites you visit and everything you type in including passwords and credit card numbers.

Make sure you have software in place to prevent you from becoming infected with a computer virus, to detect if an infection has taken place, and to help your remove viruses.
Kaspersky, F-Secure, Bitdefender, McAfee. You can't go wrong with any of these anti-virus programs.
Having Norton and McAfee are definitely great ways to protect your computer.
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2Switch to Google Chrome
Along with the fact that it is lightweight and super fast, Google Chrome is an incredibly safe browser. In the 2009 Pwn2Own competition where security experts get paid to hack web browsers, Google Chrome was the only browser of the big 4 (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) that could not be hacked.
I'm on it right now! in fact, I have no virus protection and have been using google chrome for 5 months since then, and my computer is quite safe. try it.
I love using it cause its fast, new and of course SAFE

decorulez97

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3Don't Click Links In E-mails
The most effective con artists are not the ones that sneak in the back door; they are the ones you invite in the front. When you follow links in e-mail messages, you are opening yourself up to the possibility having your personal information stolen or basically handing over the keys to your computer allowing a hacker access to anything it contains.

Phishing attacks are scary in how convincing they can be. Even the most web savvy individual can be duped by a phishing message if the context is right (appears to come from a website they use, information appears to be accurate and relevant). And once you click through the link provided in the email and fill out a form, you have been had. So to keep yourself safe, even if an email message from you bank, from Facebook, or from any other site appears to be real, copy the link into your address bar, browse to the site directly, or give them a call. Just don't click that link.
Duh! You will not get a Lear Jet and 10,000 dollars for free. The only things you can get for "free" on the Internet is spam emails, ads and viruses. There is an occasional free product that is good (like Google Chrome, which I am using now. ) Otherwise Don't DO this. Don't.

FallenKingdom

The best way to avoid hackers, If you got a message go to the original website, login and check if you have some message instead of clicking on a link!

4Know There is No Such Thing as Free
Free ringtones, free Acai trial, free credit reports, free eBook... nonsense. If you are receiving something of value, you are always giving away something that the other party considers to be more valuable. Much of the time this is an okay trade though. When you get a free ebook in exchange for you email address, it may very well be worth the new flood of e-mail messages you are going to receive. But when you give out your credit card or phone number for a free sample, don't be surprised when your cell phone bill or your credit card statements start showing subscription fees or monitoring charges for your "free" product.
One time when I was little, I clicked on an ad that said, 'FREE CURSORS', and the computer wouldn't work on mozilla firefox anymore. I had to switch to google chrome.

5Keep Your Anti-Virus Updated
No anti-virus software is so good that it will protect against all viruses now and in the future. New viruses are being created everyday so anti-virus software must expand and adapt to protect against these new threats. This is accomplished through regular updates where your anti-virus software downloads new virus definitions. If you are not updating your anti-virus software, you are not as protected as you should be.

6Don't Give Out Passwords
Absolutely this is very key factor to be secured on internet. And now a days most spammers used this way.
In this world there are many hackers your emails and your electronics, I suggest to all you not to give out your passwords.
Who even does this?
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7Don't Open Unknown E-mail Attachments
Even when they appear to come from someone you know, be very careful when opening e-mail attachments. A popular way for a virus to spread from an infected computer is to automatically e-mail itself to all of the e-mail contacts stored on that computer. This e-mail looks like it came from the person you know and may seem very convincing, but that's how a good virus works. Then, once you open that attachment, your computer gets infected too and starts sending e-mails to your contacts.

If you are expecting an attachment and know what it is (your friend already told you they were sending pictures of the new baby), then you are probably safe. If not, be very careful.
Just like don't talk to strangers. Don't do it.

8Don't Share Personal Information On a Public Site
It may be tempting to leave your e-mail address or your phone number in a forum post or blog comment, but don't do it. Aside from the fact that this sort of information is systematically gathered and could result in a deluge of spam messages and unwanted phone calls, even the smallest amount of information may be used by people you want nothing to do with to track you down and determine exactly when you live.
Good information very well put and this is very imporant and I think people and kids should know this. It is very useful and I now know not to do this and it should teach people a lesson. Don't do this this is very bad
I would hate to tell one person my name and then they figure out A LOT about me!
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9Use Personal and Public Passwords
Some passwords are more sacred than others. You would never want someone to know your online banking password or the password you use to log in to Amazon where they may have your credit card number stored in order to make it easier to shop. Other password like the ones you use to log into forums or sign into sites like this one are not as important. If they get out, it's no big deal. But what if you use the same passwords for both? Then it is a big deal. Think of all the places you use a password online. Can you even remember everywhere you have used one? Now consider that the owners of each of those websites have access to the username and password you use to log into their site. If they are the shady type or, because of their less robust site, get hacked by someone, do they have the correct username and password to log into any sites where they could do some serious damage?

In a perfect world, you would have a different password for every site you log into. But since that can become very difficult to keep a handle on, at least make sure that you use a super secret password for the important stuff and a completely different password for the less important accounts.

10Don't Submit Sensitive Information on Unsecured Webpages
When you submit information online such as you name, address, or credit card number, your information travels through multiple routers and servers on it's way to it's final destination; the website you intent to provide this information to. Along the way, this information can be seen by someone at any of the intermediate steps whether it is the owners of the WiFi hotspot you are connecting to or the admins any of the various servers connecting you to the destination website. When you submit information via a secured page (address starts with https://, browser shows a padlock or other similar icon) this information is encrypted. It can still be seen by all the same people, but it is impossible to read.

Put simply, secured pages keep your information safe while submitting information via an unencrypted can allow others to see your sensitive personal information.

The Contenders

11Get Linux
Linux operating systems have many advantages for web browsing: The system is very light and requires little memory, leaving more room for speedy browsing. Linux does not get viruses. Open source software is frequently updated and any security issues pass under the eyes of multiple developers. All modern browsers (except Internet Explorer, which is so insecure you should not be using it anyway) work the same way on a Linux.
Linux-based operating systems are the best. Linux is not that always hard or complex as people say, some Linux distros are really user friendly.
This covers all the system - related security loopholes in itself.

12Use a Firewall
Comodo SW Firawall is great for home and Small business use, One fine little protector. You will learn a lot about internet when manually configure it :) J

13Never Use Your Name for a Password

14Do Not Download Anything
Just make sure you're not downloading an application if you're trying to get music or something. Know what format the file you're downloading should be in and an approximate size.
Don't download files because some files might get your computer virus and get norton for virus computers.
Never download nothing from the net, that is all I have to say. And never download games and films cause it is not safe. Sometimes there will be virus and other stuffs like that. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME... Never Again

15Get a Mac
Change passwords once in a while
They are 99.9% virus free so you can download things and you don't need to get anti virus programs.
Duh! Although this can be an expensive option (don't thumbs down this just because you use PCs! )
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16Don't Use Facebook
All my friends are on Facebook and I'm not because firstly, I'm under the age, it's not safe or cool or anything (people think it is) and also, people can meet up with strangers and all that and I'm not sure but I think other people can see others' messages? Doesn't sound safe because they can find out information...
Facebook is for losers without a life. Use email instead.

17Keep your Operating System Updated

18Use Credit Cards for Online Purchases
Many people try to avoid putting anything on credit (instead option to use checks or debit cards) as a tool for keeping their spending in check. This is often a good idea but when shopping online it may not be the best advice. Credit cards typically have stronger fraud detection and prevention mechanisms in place making it harder for a thief to run up a huge charge on your card as well as making it easier for you to get your money back if the product or service you intended to purchase is not what you expected.
one time I had to send someone a check for something I bought on etsy, but they never sent me the thing I bought

19If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is.
In the case of Internet marketing, this is the rule to follow.

moose4life19


20Get Web of Trust (WOT)
Mywot. Com
WOT is a completely safe tool that isn't intended to break your computer, but to prevent something from doing that. You can get it for IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. It keeps you safe from websites with bad intentions, and also has a parental control mode. It even comes with a color blind version if you can't see green, yellow, or red!

You should really get it. The only website it doesn't detect that you should avoid is Conduit. After all, nobody is perfect, but this gets pretty close to just that.
When you see a warning message on a site it means its full of viruses.

21Never Go On /b/
Ok. That seems reasonable.

22Never Click on "Scan Your PC/Computer"

" Many People think that ads like : SCAN YOUR SYSTEM to Boost Speed Were Optimize System But Actually They want to access your computer.


23Ignore Pop-ups
Pop-ups are just stupid lies made by people with no life at all. So I mean, Pop-Ups can make you do stuff like break your computer or even worse, YOUR CPU. Also pop-ups can also be found in pornographic websites.
If you do you might break something.

24When Downloading Files, Don't Click Any Download Button Before Checking If It's Real or Just An Advertisement
Yes. Think twice before clicking on download button.

25Use a Proxy

26Only Visit Trustworthy Websites
Know about the fundamentals of new websites you want to visit

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