Staying Safe Online

pc-security1.jpgOne of the biggest concerns while surfing the Web is security. And rightly so. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and there are constant news stories reporting online abuse. Fortunately, by following basic practices and your own good judgment, you can maximize your online safety.

1. Use anti-virus, spyware removal, and firewall programs.

2. Download only from trusted websites. Some downloads can contain dangerous software.

3. Protect your passwords. Make them tough to guess, perhaps by mixing letters and numbers, and never use your real name, birthday, or username for a password.

4. The internet is great camouflage and sometimes people aren’t who they say they are. Never give private information to anyone online

5. Never click on a link in a suspicious email. If you are not sure the message is real, type in the known web address of the site in question and proceed from there.

6. Never reply to spam emails. This will let the spammer know they have contacted a real person and will only result in further mailings.

7. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s a scam.

8. And finally, when in doubt, log off! When it comes to the internet, it’s always better to err on the side of safety.

Ah, but we’ve just scratched the surface! For more tips and information about staying safe online, check out these online resources:

WikiHow’s “Be Safe on the Internet”
National Cyber Security Alliance
Protect Your Online Banking
MySpace Safety from CBS News

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Written by Craig

I am a Circulation Assistant at the Lowell branch of Kent District Library. My job is to make a patron’s visit to the library circulation desk fun, easy, and informative. In other words, “circuliscious.”

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One Response to “Staying Safe Online”

  1. kmish Says:

    Thanks for the reminders Craig!

    Here’s another great government sponsored website with online safety info..including info on online shopping, wi-fi safety, phishing scams, online auctions, online investing and many more topics. Good site for kids too, includes fun games to get the safety message to them. Useful videos also. And available en espanol.