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.

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.

I personally use Clean Master for my antivirus on my android phone. It is quite light when you think about everything you can do on it.

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2 Switch 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

Google chrome is absolutely AMAZING

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3 Don't Give Out Passwords

Absolutely this is very key factor to be secured on internet. And now a days most spammers used this way.

Whenever I was younger, I played a game called Animal Jam, an gave my password away because I wanted to be rarer. (That game is mostly about rares) And I bet you know how that went. All of my items were stolen/taken from me. It was not smart at all for me to do what I did. You never know who you can trust. Even if they seem nice, they may just be tricking you, so be careful. And if I were you, I'd only give out that information to your parents and/or relatives. - Transformers234

In this world there are many hackers your emails and your electronics, I suggest to all you not to give out your passwords.

Why would you give out your passwords. My advice is to use the same passwords for anything.

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4 Know 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.

Be glad you did. Chrome is the most secure browser on the internet. But I can admit I used Firefox long ago too. - AllAboutLists

I got this this thing on my screen where it said I won an iPhone 10 and I had to enter in all my personal information to a non-secure website to "win." What a fake. - lovefrombadlands

*looks directly at the roblox scammers and bots who say there is free because and free robux* - TeamRocket747

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5 Don'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.

Agreed. Especially if the email includes bad spelling, an extremely cheesy sob story and the most unlikely scenario ever imagined. Only click links when you are sure you know the person that is sending them, and even then be careful... - RaineSage

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

Yes - Orlemley

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6 Keep 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.

SCP 3000:what the hell are you doing on my website you must be detained.

Good idea


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7 Don'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.

Don't be surprised if you do so... Open attachments only from known or verified senders. - jeffo

What if you know what it is?

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8 If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is.

Win a free iPhone 6 If you submit these questions now!

Derp: *goes inside*

Lol you aren't getting an iPhone 6 you're just getting a virus so we know your address, password and bank account! Now time to share all that information online.

Derp: *Gets massacred by psychopaths with chainsaws*

In the case of Internet marketing, this is the rule to follow. - moose4life19

Yah if gotten a couple of things on my kindle that said you are one of 10 lucky winners to get a free 50 dollar gift card then below it had comments of people saying this great no lie and other carp I showed parents who said it was a scam good I didn't press on it or anything posted by anyahbear

Use your logic

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9 Use 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

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10 Don'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.

I would hate to tell one person my name and then they figure out A LOT about me!

This is not just to stay safe online, but in real life as well. If people know personal details about you, they may feel the need to target you. Probably not violently, but hacking, viruses and whatnot.

Of course. Don't give out your personal information. Well, you can say you are a boy or a girl of course

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The Contenders

11 Never Use Your Name for a Password

But what if nobody knows your name? - CoolCat999

No one will ever not know your name unless you're on a desolate island and your parents just die

Or use your username as your password, or use your username backwards, or abc123. Everyone guesses those - lovefrombadlands

It is cause many hackers try typing in as many names that they know becuas they know many people do that

12 Use 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 ...more

Unless its for something you don't care about.

13 Don'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.

Telling people your credit card number is flat out just not smart. And a lot of kids like giving away their grade levels or age. I get that you want people to see how old you are, but it's still not okay. If anyone asks you for information about you, you simply ignore them. You don't know why they want the information about you. - Transformers234

14 Ignore 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.

Usually if a pop up appears then you are already doing something you shouldn't be...

When I had an account on this, There would often be an ad on the side that said, This is not a joke! You are one of our lucky winners to recieve an R13 fashion voucher. (CLICK HERE)

Well, it was something like that.

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15 Get 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.

This is only (barely) true as long as Linux operating systems stay quietly obscure. It's hard to come across malware, but security loopholes are still found quite often by the same hackers that use and contribute to Linux projects. Some will report them, some will sell or use them for their own gain. They'll never be as vulnerable as a Windows system, since the code CAN (usually) be combed over by security experts, but as Linux gets popular there will also be a bigger market in Linux exploits. - airbb

This covers all the system - related security loopholes in itself.

This is the best advice.

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16 Don't Give Out Your Last Name

My first name, Sophia, is really common, so I think I'm fine. However, my last name is one only my family and probably a few people in Chile have, so if I put that out it would be really easy to track me. - Absolite

If your last name is unique and uncommon then you shouldn't say it. - Ohno

I don't give out my first name eithee.

If you have a common first name, and you put only that, you're safe. However, if you put your last name if it's uncommon (even common last names put you at danger) people can easily track you down and search up personal info like your address. You can't trust everyone on the Internet, so people might go after you, putting you at risk for crimes such as rape. - ethanmeinster

17 Use 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

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18 Get Adblock

UBlock Origin blocks EVERYTHING!

VERY VERY NICE - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

You want AdBlockPlus. Better for free.

19 Know That You Can't Truly Delete Anything from the Internet

You can delete something on the internet, but that does not change the fact everyone has probaly saw it - 170253

People can screenshot things and pass it around the Web. - ethanmeinster

20 When Downloading Files, Don't Click Any Download Button Before Checking If It's Real or Just An Advertisement

Yeah if you go to a trustworthy website and click download sometimes it will open another tab to a different website and say "download". It's a scam that if you click it it will install a virus and destroy your device - Ohno

Fake download buttons are mostly MUCH more flashy than real download buttons.

Yes. Think twice before clicking on download button.

These are usually scams so watch out for them

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1. Use Anti-virus Software
2. Keep Your Anti-Virus Updated
3. If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is.
1. Know There is No Such Thing as Free
2. Don't Give Out Passwords
3. Ignore Pop-ups
1. Don't Click Links In E-mails
2. Don't Give Out Passwords
3. Switch to Google Chrome

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