Safe Surfing: A Cautionary Tale

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How to surf the internet safely, without limiting your freedom, or resorting to disconnecting the modem. Some basic facts, and some practical advice.

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Safe Surfing: A Cautionary Tale

  1. 1. Safe Surfing A Cautionary Tale
  2. 2. The internet is not out to get you
  3. 3. There are some simple road rules to follow
  4. 4. Different types of nasties
  5. 5. Name: Virus Type: Self-Replicating Risk: Moderate Threat: Low Symptoms Include: Odd behaviour Strange popups Ads Flakiness
  6. 6. Treatment: <ul><li>Be careful with email attachments (even if it came from a friend) </li></ul><ul><li>Use a disposable email address for putting on web forms. Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are all good for this purpose </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, don't download it </li></ul>
  7. 7. Name: Worm Type: Self-Replicating Risk: Moderate Threat: From annoying to lethal Symptoms Include: Slow network speeds Sluggish operation
  8. 8. Treatment: <ul><li>Be careful with email attachments (even if it came from a friend) </li></ul><ul><li>Don't allow your browser to automatically download cookies – make it check with you each and every time </li></ul><ul><li>Use a firewall, or a secure operating system </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, don't download it </li></ul>
  9. 9. Name: Trojan Horse Type: Malicious Risk: Low Threat: High Symptoms Include: Normal behaviour (!) Missing data Disabled virus software Slow speeds
  10. 10. Treatment: <ul><li>THINK before you accept file transfers </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful with file sharing programs like Kazaar, Limewire, and μTorrent </li></ul><ul><li>Be especially wary of any online program that claims to get rid of viruses </li></ul><ul><li>Never download anything off a banner ad </li></ul><ul><li>If in doubt, don't download it </li></ul>
  11. 11. Name: Phishing Type: Scam Risk: High Threat: Mildly irritating, often funny Symptoms Include: Poor spelling and grammar Lots of promises Very little payoff
  12. 12. Treatment: <ul><li>If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably a phishing scam </li></ul><ul><li>Just because it looks like it came from your bank, doesn't mean it came from your bank </li></ul><ul><li>Check if you're not sure: http://hoax-slayer.com or http://www.snopes.com/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Things to remember: <ul><li>Be wary of downloads – on email as well as over the net </li></ul><ul><li>Don't get carried away by great offers </li></ul><ul><li>If it sounds too good to be true, then someone is trying to get into your system </li></ul><ul><li>And most of all – keep your wits about you, and always think before you click </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions? Lana Brindley [email_address] Twitter: @Loquacities

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