Friday, November 8, 2013


Tips for Internet Safety at Work and Home

1. Defend your computer

Keep all software current (including your Web browser) with automatic

updates. Use firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, and antispyware software.

Password-protect your wireless connection at home.

2. Protect sensitive personal information

Look for signs that a Web page is safe, before you enter sensitive data–a Web address with https

(“s” for secure) and a closed padlock beside it.

Never give sensitive info in response to an e-mail or instant message

(IM) request.

3. Think before you click

Pause before you open attachments or click links in e-mail or IM even if you know the sender; they

could be phony. Confirm with the sender that the message is real or visit the official Web site by

typing the address yourself.

Be wary of clicking links or buttons in pop-up windows.

4. Create strong passwords and keep them secret

Make them at least eight characters (longer is better) and include upper and lower case letters,

numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password everywhere.

5. Protect yourself from e-mail scams

Look out for alarmist messages, misspellings and grammatical errors, deals that sound too good to

be true, and requests for sensitive info like account numbers. Turn on a filter like the

Smart Screen® Filter in Window.

6. Use social networks more safely

Look for Settings or Options in services like Facebook and Twitter to manage who can see your

profile, control how people can search for you and make comments, and learn how to block unwanted

access. Don’t post anything you’d say only to a close friend.

Be selective about accepting friends. Periodically reassess who has access. Review what friends write

About you.

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