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Protect yourself on the Web

Published by in Security · 18 July 2018
Tags: Security
You want your family members and your computer to all be safe whilst  using the internet, (also known as 'the net' or 'world wide web').  So if you're ready to become more NetWise, we can start at the root of the problem... YOU!

We'll start with some simple rules, and common sense to remember and use when on the internet.

  1. Never go to a website via links in any e-mails you receive unless you know who it is from, and trust them!
    1. Many scams and mal ware tricks involve sending an e-mail that  offers a free virus scanner or registry tool and a link to a website  that has the information and file to download. When the website opens in  your web browser, you are directed to a download page which tries to  run a silent install of a trojan, or request's you to download a program  that installs trojans when its first run.

    2. These programs behave like what they say they are but often  give false readings and results, pretending to scan and find errors or  viruses on your system, when they are actually infecting your system  further with mal ware and spy ware.

  2. Keep the 'preview pane' in your e-mail software closed.
    1. Your e-mail software like 'IncrediMail' or maybe 'Windows  Live mail'  or even 'Mozilla ThunderBird' all have a preview pane which  shows you some of the emails contents when it is selected in the InBox. To show you the contents the email must still be opened, and  infection is still possible if you don't have a good paid-for virus  program that can also scan emails. Even then, not all virus scanners  detect all the same infections So something could still get through.

    2. The option to switch of the 'Preview pane' is usually in the (View) or (Tools/options) menu of your e-mail software.

  3. Keep two email addresses 1 for private use, another for everything else!
    1. Your e-mail is part of your internet identity and can be a  path to your personal identity if you just randomly give it out. Use a  primary e-mail for good friends and family, and for site registrations  you trust, like your bank or paypal account.

    2. All social sites, games sites, chat forums etc should be  registered with  the second email address. Read the terms and conditions  of most social sites and you will find terms on what they can really do  with your registration details on their records. Third party  advertisers and other sites with related subject content on many  accounts are sent those details so they can mail you!... more crap you  don't want!!! IF thier rouge,, GDPR won't matter to them!

  4. Pay close attention to your web-browsers address bar when on the internet
    1. Many websites like banking sites, amazon or ebay, use secure portals  to pass encrypted pages to you and information back from you.  Cyber-criminals build copy-cat websites that look just like the real  thing and use many hidden methods to (re-direct your browser) to these  bogus sites. so you could be typing in your bank details and handing  them over to criminals at the other end!
      The best way apart from full version internet security  software is to pay attention to your web-browsers address bar and make  sure you are on your banking or shop site. Secure sites always have https://  at the start of the sites address. Also check the url is the original  one, buy reading it and checking it against maybe a printed version on  their stationary or advertisement.
      Don't keep using the drop-down short-cuts in the address bar as they can also be changed or tagged onto buy trojan viruses.

    2. most browsers show a padlock either by the address bar or on the status bar at the bottom of web-browser.
      You can click on this padlock icon to see the encryption  certificate for that website. The certificate shows the sites cert  information like expiry date and level of encryption used.

    3. you could copy the addresses into a text document or sticky note, and leave it open on  your desktop so when you surf your websites you can compare them when  your not sure.. yu'll get the idea in time and no longer need the text  document.

  5. When building a profile of yourself on websites be vague or tel lies..
    1. So many people on so many social sites these days, and why not, us  humans are social creatures, but doing this on the internet leaves your  self-made internet identity wide open to the hand of many different  walks of un-desirables.
      When you are building your profile on sites that don't allow  you to manage profile security, you should be very vague and only give  the bare basics. Yes say all about your trips and achievements, but no  real full name or address or any school or college you attend, give as  little as possible, your friends will know you anyway, give yourselves  nick-names only! Remember to use that second email address as well!
      Many Web-Bots are programmed to search through social site's  looking for email addresses and even mobile numbers,,, Other peoples contact details are big money on the internet.  want more junk mail!! keep it up!

    2. Sites like Facebook or twitter or LinkedIn or more safer, but the low level not so corp media sites prob wont care about GDPR or may be hosted in a country that doesnt inforce it.

  6. Never install free stuff before researching it on google first!
    1. Too good to be true
                Some websites offer a fantastic tool bar for your web browser,  or a brilliant  PC security scanner and cleaner that fixes everything..  Except they don’t, …  they mess everything UP..!!
      There are  hundreds of sites offering software and tools for  your pc that are free but actually  BOGUS! They do not do the job..! A  popular bogus application is Antivirus2016  also known as  AV2016-17-18ect or Anti-V2016-17-18ect. This program pretends to scan  your pc for  mal-ware and Viruses and then pretends to find lots of  infections..
    2. so if you searched google for info on these nasty's before installing them, you would avoid a mountain of problems. So... same applies for any free stuff or even some paid-for-software, always try to get more information on it before you proceed. Google is you're friend!!

  7. Cover your tracks and keep no internet history for others to scan or read
    1. Your web browser records all your site visits and also collects up site  url's which is why you can click the arrow on the address bar to see a  drop list of regular sites. All windows systems keep history on what  you've been doing on your operating system and many viruses read history  and so do hackers if they gain access to your system. Even websites can leave tracking cookies to collect history, Shit the facebook app on your phone listens to youre conversations for keywords to use when targeting ads on your fb account... Companies want youre habbits and pref data,, times are changing,, privacy is being desolved by the internet!!!

    2. Clear all youre web browser's history,,, just open the browser, press F1 and search for 'clear history' in help section.

  8. Never use the internet without a firewall or good internet security software suite to protect you.
    1. No brainer right!! the amount of customers we get that dont have anti virus installed is worrying,, So install it and expect that to be enough,, you shouold at least manually run a full scan once a week or every 10-12 days.

    2. If youre anti virus doesnt come with a firewall then change it, or install a firewall like ZoneAlarm or Glasswire, Commodo also do a very powerful free firewall but its a bugger to setup and needs regular attention.

  9. Stay up to date
      We all have our collections of prefered  software we use all  the time, but we tend to forget that they also have updates that can be  related to closing security holes found in them. Microsoft Office software has allot of security updates, so does real player, and java and Adobe Acrobat reader and flash player.
    Many programs do.. and you should  check from time to time if  your most used software has any updates buy going to the authors websites and checking.

Allways research anything on google,, that you want to buy or install or join,,,  The internet is fast heading towards a controlled locked down experience which will take away that mass freedom and choice that draws us in. This may be a bad thing as it will be big corps and governments that bring it all in,, and they all want to learn about you're internet identity for profit and progress!!!  so the need to protect yourself better will never change,,,,  

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