A Guide for Teens & ParentsA Guide for Teens & Parents
DO have your security settings set toDO have your security settings set to“Friends Only” or “Friends of Friends”. You“Friends Only” or “Friends of Friends”. Youdon’t want all of your personal informationdon’t want all of your personal informationout for the entire world to see. Change yourout for the entire world to see. Change your“Instant Personalization Pilot Program”“Instant Personalization Pilot Program”setting to be unchecked and the “What yoursetting to be unchecked and the “What yourfriends can share about you” setting to be allfriends can share about you” setting to be allunchecked. Change your “Facebook Places”unchecked. Change your “Facebook Places”settings to be private.settings to be private.
DO NOT post your address or phoneDO NOT post your address or phonenumber on your Profile. If someonenumber on your Profile. If someonedoesn’t have your info, there’s probablydoesn’t have your info, there’s probablya reason for it.a reason for it. DO NOT post personal information onDO NOT post personal information onsomeone’s Wall. If you have somethingsomeone’s Wall. If you have somethingimportant to tell them, do it viaimportant to tell them, do it viaMessage or tell them in person.Message or tell them in person.
DO validate friend requests.DO validate friend requests.Make sure it’s from someoneMake sure it’s from someoneyou actually know in person.you actually know in person.Just because someone’s profileJust because someone’s profilesays they live in your town andsays they live in your town andgo to your school doesn’t meango to your school doesn’t meanthat they actually do.that they actually do.
DO be careful when installingDO be careful when installingApplications. If an App asks you toApplications. If an App asks you toinput your email & password, it’sinput your email & password, it’san attempt to steal your login info,an attempt to steal your login info,also known as phishing. If it wantsalso known as phishing. If it wantsyou to complete a survey or offer inyou to complete a survey or offer inorder to access the App, the creatorsorder to access the App, the creatorsof the App are trying to spam you.of the App are trying to spam you.
Also, if you click on a link, and aAlso, if you click on a link, and apage comes up that looks just likepage comes up that looks just likethe Facebook login page, check thethe Facebook login page, check theaddress bar. If it’s notaddress bar. If it’s nothttp://www.facebook.com/http://www.facebook.com/ ororhttp://www.facebook.com/login.phphttp://www.facebook.com/login.phpthen it is NOT a legit login page!then it is NOT a legit login page!
DO NOT have your full name listed on yourDO NOT have your full name listed on yourprofile.profile. DO have your profile set to ‘Viewable by MyDO have your profile set to ‘Viewable by MyFriends Only’. Also DO edit your settings toFriends Only’. Also DO edit your settings tohave people have to input your last name orhave people have to input your last name oremail address to send you a friend request toemail address to send you a friend request toprevent unwanted solicitation.prevent unwanted solicitation.
DO have the “Block all apps and third-partyDO have the “Block all apps and third-partyservices I haven’t connected to from accessingservices I haven’t connected to from accessingmy profile information through the MySpacemy profile information through the MySpaceDeveloper Platform” and “Block all apps andDeveloper Platform” and “Block all apps andthird-party services I haven’t connected to fromthird-party services I haven’t connected to fromcommunicating with me through the MySpacecommunicating with me through the MySpaceDeveloper Platform” boxes checked underDeveloper Platform” boxes checked under‘Application Settings’.‘Application Settings’.
DO NOT use custom profilesDO NOT use custom profilesrandomly found on the Internetrandomly found on the Internetunless you or someone you knowunless you or someone you knoware able to go through the HTMLare able to go through the HTMLscript bit by bit to verify that it’sscript bit by bit to verify that it’sclean.clean.
DO validate friend requests. Make sureDO validate friend requests. Make surethe request is from someone you know.the request is from someone you know. DO NOT click on links in messages orDO NOT click on links in messages orcomments that say that someone has yourcomments that say that someone has yourinformation or there is a video of you, eveninformation or there is a video of you, evenfrom someone you know. It is very possiblefrom someone you know. It is very possiblethat their login info has been stolen and thatthat their login info has been stolen and thatsomeone is trying to steal yours as well.someone is trying to steal yours as well.
DO be careful when installingDO be careful when installingapplications. If you click on a link or toapplications. If you click on a link or toinstall an App and a page pops up thatinstall an App and a page pops up thatlooks JUST like the MySpace homepage,looks JUST like the MySpace homepage,check the address bar. If it’s notcheck the address bar. If it’s nothttp://www.myspace.com/http://www.myspace.com/ ororhttp://login.myspace.comhttp://login.myspace.com, then it’s an, then it’s anattempt to steal your login information.attempt to steal your login information.
DO NOT give out your emailDO NOT give out your emailor Facebook/Myspace/Twitteror Facebook/Myspace/Twitterpassword to ANYONE, not yourpassword to ANYONE, not yoursignificant other, not your bestsignificant other, not your bestfriend, NO ONE except yourfriend, NO ONE except yourparents.parents.
Beware of shortened links, especially onesBeware of shortened links, especially onesposted on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.posted on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.There are malicious websites out there whoseThere are malicious websites out there whoseweb addresses are disguised with shortenedweb addresses are disguised with shortenedurls that will try to give you a virus as soon asurls that will try to give you a virus as soon asyou visit the website. Links such asyou visit the website. Links such ashttp://tinyurl.com/24a3ku3http://tinyurl.com/24a3ku3 ororhttp://bit.ly/c5Ao7ohttp://bit.ly/c5Ao7o could go to an infectedcould go to an infectedsite.site.
DO make sure you haveDO make sure you haveanti-virus software installedanti-virus software installedand that it is up-to-date.and that it is up-to-date.
If you’re surfing the Internet and get aIf you’re surfing the Internet and get apopup that says that your computer ispopup that says that your computer isinfected with X number of viruses andinfected with X number of viruses andthat you need to download a certainthat you need to download a certainprogram to get rid of them, DO NOTprogram to get rid of them, DO NOTclick OK. It is a fake anti-virus programclick OK. It is a fake anti-virus programthat will give you a very nasty virus thatthat will give you a very nasty virus thatis extremely difficult and expensive tois extremely difficult and expensive toget rid of.get rid of.
DO NOTDO NOTCLICK OK!CLICK OK!
If you receive an email fromIf you receive an email fromsomeone, even someone yousomeone, even someone youknow and trust, but there isknow and trust, but there isnothing but a link in the bodynothing but a link in the bodyof the e-mail, DO NOT click onof the e-mail, DO NOT click onit unless you are expectingit unless you are expectingsomething from them, in whichsomething from them, in whichcase verify that it was sent .case verify that it was sent .
DO be wary of e-mailDO be wary of e-mailattachments. Download and scanattachments. Download and scanall attachments before opening.all attachments before opening.Most email clients come with aMost email clients come with abuilt-in e-mail scanner, but nonebuilt-in e-mail scanner, but noneare perfect. New viruses pop upare perfect. New viruses pop upevery single day.every single day.
DO be wary of emails that claim toDO be wary of emails that claim tobe from Facebook, MySpace, or anybe from Facebook, MySpace, or any“official”-looking source such as the“official”-looking source such as theFBI, UPS, Fed-Ex, etc. Hackers andFBI, UPS, Fed-Ex, etc. Hackers andspammers try to lure unsuspectingspammers try to lure unsuspectingvictims into giving out theirvictims into giving out theirinformation by duplicating the lookinformation by duplicating the lookof legitimate messaging systems.of legitimate messaging systems.
When downloading anything from theWhen downloading anything from theinternet, DO scan any executable files orinternet, DO scan any executable files orarchives before opening. There are manyarchives before opening. There are manyfree multi-software antivirus scanningfree multi-software antivirus scanningsites you can use to scan files. If the filesites you can use to scan files. If the fileor archive in question is too large to beor archive in question is too large to bescanned from the sites, use your installedscanned from the sites, use your installedanti-virus software(s) to scan the file.anti-virus software(s) to scan the file.
When on ANY MMORPG orWhen on ANY MMORPG oronline game, DO NOT give outonline game, DO NOT give outany personal information. Youany personal information. Youdon’t know who you are reallydon’t know who you are reallytalking to. You may thinktalking to. You may thinkyou’re talking to 16-year-oldyou’re talking to 16-year-old‘Sienna du Larc’ but you’re‘Sienna du Larc’ but you’rereally talking to some 40-year-really talking to some 40-year-old guy named Fred.old guy named Fred.
DO remember that everythingDO remember that everythingyou post on the Internet isyou post on the Internet isthere FOREVER. Unlessthere FOREVER. Unlessyoure prepared to attachyoure prepared to attachsomething in your Facebooksomething in your Facebookor MySpace profile to aor MySpace profile to aresume or scholarshipresume or scholarshipapplication, DO NOT post it.application, DO NOT post it.
Run C-Cleaner or Disk Cleanup.Run C-Cleaner or Disk Cleanup. Run Disk Defragmenter.Run Disk Defragmenter. ***MAY require a restart after completing******MAY require a restart after completing*** Run Checkdisk. (This will check yourRun Checkdisk. (This will check yourharddrive for errors and repair any itharddrive for errors and repair any itfinds.)finds.) ***WILL REQUIRE A RESTART TO RUN******WILL REQUIRE A RESTART TO RUN***
Runs extremelyRuns extremelyslowly, but doing aslowly, but doing abasic cleanup doesn’tbasic cleanup doesn’thelp.help. Multiple Pop-ups,Multiple Pop-ups,even when not in aneven when not in anInternet browser.Internet browser.
Your computer restartsYour computer restartson its own and thenon its own and thenfails to run normally.fails to run normally. Programs on yourPrograms on yourcomputer dont workcomputer dont workcorrectly.correctly.
Your Web browsersYour Web browsershome pagehome pageunexpectedly changes.unexpectedly changes. Web pages areWeb pages areunexpectedly added tounexpectedly added toyour Favorites folder.your Favorites folder.
New toolbars areNew toolbars areunexpectedly added tounexpectedly added toyour Web browser.your Web browser. Strange music or soundsStrange music or soundsunexpectedly play fromunexpectedly play fromyour computer’s speakers.your computer’s speakers.
Disks or disk drives areDisks or disk drives areinaccessible.inaccessible. You cant print correctly.You cant print correctly. You see unusual errorYou see unusual errormessages.messages. You see distorted menusYou see distorted menusand dialog boxes.and dialog boxes.
Anti-virus softwareAnti-virus softwarehas been disabled.has been disabled. Antivirus softwareAntivirus softwarethat you did notthat you did notinstall needs you toinstall needs you topay for “full access”.pay for “full access”.
Your computerYour computerstops responding orstops responding orfreezes often.freezes often. Your computerYour computercrashes and restartscrashes and restartsevery few minutes.every few minutes.
Restart yourRestart yourcomputer incomputer in SafeSafeModeMode. (This can be. (This can bedone by restartingdone by restartingand pressing F8and pressing F8BEFORE theBEFORE theWindows Load screenWindows Load screencomes up.)comes up.)
Run your anti-virus software.Run your anti-virus software.Do a full scan. If infected filesDo a full scan. If infected fileshave been found once it’shave been found once it’sfinished, follow the instructionsfinished, follow the instructionsto get rid of the infected files,to get rid of the infected files,and then run your anti-virusand then run your anti-virussoftware again. If it doesn’t findsoftware again. If it doesn’t findany infected files or you haveany infected files or you havecompleted the second scan, trycompleted the second scan, tryrunning a backup anti-malwarerunning a backup anti-malwareprogram (such as Malwarebytes).program (such as Malwarebytes).