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Quick Tips for Online Safety

  1. Check with your Internet Service Provider to see what kind of protection is offered by their network.

  2. Always install security software–including firewalls and intrusion detection software and keep it working and up-to-date. This is especially important if you use a laptop on unprotected wireless networks in public places.

  3. Employ the latest technologies, such as Web Reputation, which can measure the trustworthiness and safety of a website before you visit it.

  4. Update your web browser to the latest version and install security patches when available–and use a browser that has a no-script plug-in.

  5. If you use the Microsoft Windows operating system, enable the “Automatic Update” feature and apply new updates as soon as they are available.

  6. Beware of unexpected or strange-looking emails, even if you know the sender-never open attachments or click on links in these emails.

  7. Be alert when receiving emails that request account details (financial institutions almost never request financial details in emails)-never email financial information to anyone.

  8. Report suspicious emails to the appropriate authorities.

  9. Beware of web pages that require software installation-always read the End User License Agreement and cancel the installation process if other “programs” are going to be installed in addition to the desired program.

  10. Only provide personal information on sites that display a lock icon at the bottom of your browser.

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