Internet Safety

Tips to keep you safe while browsing the web.

  • NEVER open an e-mail or a link from someone you don't know.
  • NEVER give your name or other personal information to anyone online.
  • Keep your name, address and phone number.
  • Secure your wireless network.
  • Always click on sign-out after leaving your PC.
  • Always logout of websites that require you to login, for example, online banking.
  • Don't allow activex if you don't know the publisher.
  • Never use your real name when creating an online profile. Try using a nickname or a made up name.
  • Don't say when you're going on a vacation on your Facebook status. That's like hanging a 'gone fishing' sign on your door.
  • Use a service (like Norton 360) that identifies which websites are safe sites and which websites are questionable.
  • Don't say anything that you wouldn't yell out in the middle of a crowded street.
  • Keep all anti-virus software up to date and do weekly "thorough" scans of your system.
  • Keep your operating system up to date as well. Set your Windows operating system to automatically check for updates.

Another tool I like is McAfee Siteadvisor. It works with Internet Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome. When searching using a search engine such as Yahoo.com or Google it gives information about the results making it simple to decide if the site is going to be harmful to your computer. If the site has not been tested by McAfee a question mark appears next to the web site in the results. It is easy to follow. Colour coded beside each result. Green for tested and okay; yellow exclamation for use caution; Red with an x for warning, at serious risk, and finally; Grey with a question mark for not tested yet, use caution.

There is a web site http://ikeepsafe.org/ that is an online safety resource for youngsters, parents, and educators. My best tip is that parents and kids ought to sit down together, and read the safe practices mentioned there. Other good resources for online safety include http://fbi.gov and http://mcgruff.org

The following is a list of FREE anti-virus software: