You can now access worldwide via the Internet, but the world can gain access to your computer. Around the world, and all that there are pirates, viruses and cyber thieves.Symantec, a world leader in Internet security, gives you ten tips to take full advantage and safe Internet.
Protect yourself from viruses:
Every month, hundreds of new viruses emerge. Some are relatively harmless, but most of them have been designed to delete files, compromise confidential information or damage the operating system. The PC as the Macintosh are vulnerable to their attacks, and the latest generation of viruses can even spread without any human intervention. To stop these viruses, install reliable antivirus software and update them regularly.
Block hackers using firewall:
Hackers are lurking in every corner of the canvas. It could be teenagers with limited technical skills, small thieves all are however much help in their occupations; There are at least 30,000 Web sites dedicated to assisting piracy. Hackers can delete personal information and even use your own computer to send junk e-mail (spam). A firewall separates Internet and regulates the inputs and outputs. It’s the most effective defence against intruders.
Be careful when you receive mail:
Most of us receive dozens, or even hundreds of e-mails unsolicited. Some of them, sometimes even sent by friends or colleagues, contain a virus, a worm or a Trojan horse that can ravage your computer. If in doubt, the rule is the following: If you receive an e-mail whose sender is unknown or if the subject of the message seems doubtful, do not open it. Delete the message and any attachments.
Becareful in your downloads:
Part of the fun of surfing the Internet is due to the ability to download games, applications and other types of programs, but they contain often viruses and other malicious software (malware). So be careful when you download and think to update and run your antivirus software regularly.
Do not ask your Web browser to store your personal information:
Your Web browser may offer you memorize passwords frequently used along with credit card numbers. Although this proposal simplifies somewhat banking transactions or online purchases, we strongly recommend the decline. If you store potentially costly data on your computer, hackers around the world may be accessed.
Protect your children from inappropriate sites:
On the Internet, your children may be exposed to inappropriate content. They also run the risk of finding themselves faced with interested parties of their personal information. You can control the activities that your kids do online by installing the family computer in a common room, not in a bedroom. Install software specialized in blocking access to inappropriate sites and potentially dangerous services.
Make sure that your private life remains private:
Although you can befriend you other users, remember that the people you communicate with may not be what you believe. Never disclose personal information (such as phone numbers or the name of a school of your children) in online forums (instant messaging, electronic mail, electronic forms, etc.).
Back up the contents of your computer:
One way to put in a safe place the information to which you hold is to keep a backup copy. Nowadays, high-capacity disk drives and CD allow you to quickly copy all your files on a CD-ROM or removable disk that you keep elsewhere.
Regularly update your security software:
You have just installed security software. However remember that the pirates are very productive individuals, who create and disseminate constantly new viruses. In order to stop the most recent attacks, you must schedule regular updates of security software, at least once a week preferably. It is very simple to update these software online. You can even schedule the automatic search for available updates.
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