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Protect your internet identity

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The Way you conduct yourself on the internet is also key to staying safe. We've covered some rules in the Net Wise article, but here's a quick re-cap.

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Be vigilant with e-mails and don't go to a web site just because they say its good. If an e-mail states as such, then research the web site or resource on google first.


Be careful on social sites like facebook, not to give too much away concerning identity. Always check the privacy policies in their terms and conditions for facebook applications to make sure your not authorizing them to pass it on to 3rd parties. Always check your account settings and limit what you show to those outside your friends list.


When going to your banking web site, NEVER use the drop list to select the sites address or your history. Click in the address bar and type it in. Trojans can inject false history into your browser configuration files, sending you to copy-cat web sites when you select a site from history panel or address bar.


It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the banks website address so you can check it's right in the address bar if using browser history links.


Buy a good paper shredder and use it. If you cant afford one, then all that you rip up, spread over two bin bags and dispose of them on different weeks.


If you buy with credit card's allot over the internet then set a low credit limit within your spending. This way the card should never have much available credit on it for offenders to spend with. Register the card with Pay Pal and use Pay pal on any sites that except it, this way your card details remain hidden.


NEVER use your credit card on web sites that are not using secure payments. You can tell by the web browsers address bar, it should start with http's:// and not just 'http'. If it isn't when you reach the payment section, then don't use it, as your card details can be seen by others in between the connection.


If your using fire fox check bottom right of browser for a pad-lock icon and click it, to view the sites security and authenticity certificate. On IE the padlock's at the end of the address bar and again you click it for security information. On google chrome the padlocks at the start of the address bar at the top.


Final words

Always try and research an issue on google first if your not sure about something you've received or want to do. Never trust so-say quick money making schemes THEY DON'T EXCIST! it will always involve hard work if genuine. If an email ask's for a password then its rubbish, if they claim to be facebook admin or your banks administration either check their website for any related info or call them first to authenticate the request, 9/10 times its lies.


Don't be too trusting, be vigilant in your mind's eye on security and if you haven't already, go through our security related articles and tutorials and get yourself clued up.


Join PC magazine forums like PCmag or PCformat or WebUser . These sites belong to Magazine companies, but the forums are full of experts that will answer your questions, and or articles on security and stability.



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