Safe Browsing Practices

hether you are using a Mac or PC, updating your operating system is very important. Updates are released on a regular basis to help protect your computer and to keep it running smoothly,
Your web browser is your gateway to the internet and is often times the entry point for computer viruses. It is therefore important that you frequently check for updates to your browser.
Some Safe Browsing practices
Update anti-virus and anti-malware programs
Use a firewall program
Never click on pop-ups
Never respond to Spam e-mails
Never open e-mail attachments from people you don’t know. If you are ever in doubt, e-mail the sender to make sure they sent it to you or google the e-mail to see if the attachment is bad.
Never click on links in your e-mail. Instead, copy/paste the URL into your web browser to ensure that the link is not redirecting you unexpectedly. For an example of URL mis-direction, view this image.
Avoid using peer-to-peer (P2P) network programs.
Avoid using your e-mail address for random registrations. It is highly advisable to create a throwaway e-mail for programs/sites that require registration. View these Google search results for some Disposable Email services (Note: some sites disallow use of these accounts)
Use programs such as WebOfTrust and McAfee Site Advisor

Whether you are using a Mac or PC, updating your operating system is very important. Updates are released on a regular basis to help protect your computer and to keep it running smoothly.


Your web browser is your gateway to the Internet and is often times the entry point for computer viruses. It is therefore important that you frequently check for updates to your browser.


Some Safe Browsing practices

 

  1. Update anti-virus and anti-malware programs
  2. Use a firewall program. Never click on pop-ups
  3. Never respond to Spam e-mails
  4. Never open e-mail attachments from people you don’t know. If you are ever in doubt, e-mail the sender to make sure they sent it to you or Google the e-mail to see if the attachment is bad.
  5. Never click on links in your e-mail. Instead, copy/paste the URL into your web browser to ensure that the link is not redirecting you unexpectedly.
  6. Avoid using peer-to-peer (P2P) network programs.
  7. Avoid using your e-mail address for random registrations. It is highly advisable to create a throwaway e-mail for programs/sites that require registration. View these Google search results for some Disposable Email services (Note: some sites disallow use of these accounts)
  8. Use programs such as WebOfTrust and McAfee Site Advisor