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An estimated 2 billion people use the internet worldwide. Some of them are not trustworthy. Here are some precautions that may help you to protect yourself.

  1. Always have an updated, trustworthy, anti-virus program running. Run the program in scan mode periodically.
  2. Never allow an unknown anti-virus program to run or install itself. If a warning pops up when browsing, close the browser. Don't click “OK” or “Scan for Viruses” in the pop-up unless you are absolutely sure it is coming from your own anti-virus program.
  3. Use a firewall. Windows comes with a built-in firewall. Keep it turned on.
  4. Keep your computer updated. With Windows, turn Automatic Updates on.
  5. Keep your browser and all plug-ins (like Adobe Reader and Flash players) updated.
  6. Be very cautious when downloading and installing programs.
  7. Your email (and instant messaging) is not private; it can be intercepted and read by others.
  8. When using email, never give sensitive, personal information to a potential stranger. Don't click on links in email messages unless you know and trust the sender and you are sure he/she is not being impersonated.
  9. Banks and credit card companies do not send account inquiries or alerts by email. Call them on the telephone if it looks like they did.
  10. Do not post information on social networks (like Facebook or Twitter) that may expose you to harm. For example, never give your home address, when you will be on vacation, where your children are, etc. You are posting on world-wide networks.
  11. Don't haphazardly click on search results. WOT is an easy to use browser add-on that will help you stay away from questionable sites.
  12. Don't use passwords that are easy to guess.
  13. Back-up your files periodically.
  14. Don't store your account numbers or passwords on your computer.
  15. If something is too good to be true, then it probably isn't.

For the extra cautious:

  • Even computer experts make mistakes. If you are particularly wary of malicious web content, consider using Firefox with the NoScript add-on.
  • In addition to regular anti-virus scans, consider running a malware scan using a program like Malwarebytes, Microsoft Safety Scanner, etc.
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