A website that is considered secure uses some type of encryption when transferring data across the Internet. Encryption ensures that no one is able to sniff the information and take all of the data a person is submitting on the site, but sometimes some sites still have some type of vulnerability.
When logging into a server or buying online items, look out for the “padlock” sign which will be on the bottom right of the website page (refer to image below!)
Pop-up ads are small windows that open automatically on your screen. They often (but not always) display advertising, which can be from legitimate businesses, but also might be scams or dangerous software. To filter these out, install a pop- up blocker.
Security software is the preliminary step to keeping yourself and your computer safe. In order to do that, purchasing or downloading safe security software should be the first step in protecting yourself. There are many dangers on the internet that can harm your computer and that may violate your level of privacy.
› Definition- intrusive Adware that should be avoided for privacy/security reasons: http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Int ernet/2004/spyware.asp› Definition, more info: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc- security/spyware-whatis.aspx› How to prevent with antispyware software: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc- security/products-faq.aspx
Computer viruses (also known as “malware”) that can often come with things you download will harm your computer. They are small software programs designed to spread from one computer to the next and interfere with how your computer works. They can be disguised as attachments in email messages, instant messages, or hidden in software that you might download. To help avoid computer viruses, you must keep up with the latest updates and antivirus software. Scan your computer regularly with your antivirus software and beware of the signs of an infected computer. Click this link for more information: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc- security/antivirus.aspx
Often times, the antivirus you purchase will include protection for an array of things. The software also can include protections such as a firewall, adware, antispyware, and phishing filter, depending on the package you purchase
Firewall: Helps make your computer invisible to online attackers and blocks some malicious software. It can also help prevent software on your computer from accessing the Internet to updates and modification without your permission. Adware: disables ads from popping up on your computer Anti-Spyware: prevents applications from keeping tack of your surfing habits in order to serve ads related to you. Phishing Filter: helps detect phishing websites Firewall › Definition: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/firewalls- whatis.aspx › Definition, why it’s important: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc- security/products-faq.aspx Defragmenting: To keep your computer running smoothly and at a good speed, remember to defragment it regularly. On PCs, there is an option to do so, just search it and you will be able to find it. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-defragmenting-a-computer.html
It is possible for someone to steal your personal information or identity if you share this information on an unsecured site. One way you can protect yourself is by not entering personal data in any website that is not secure. Information that should be carefully guarded includes your name, phone number, Social Security number, address, birthday, account numbers, credit card numbers, etc. http://www.surfnetparents.com/talking_to_you r_children_about_unsecure_web_sites- 18879.html
Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer hard disk drive after your first visit, and may continue to save your data. While it is possible to misuse a cookie in cases where there is personal data in it, cookies by themselves are not malicious. http://www.microsoft.com/security/reso urces/cookie-whatis.aspx
Creating strong, complex passwords you can remember is important for protecting your identity online. http://www.microsoft.com/security/onlin e-privacy/passwords-create.aspx
Phishing email messages and websites are designed to trick you into revealing personal or financial information through emails or websites. *Remember to only open emails you trust and are expecting. Here are some examples you should be aware of in an email!!
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