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Safely Browsing the Internet

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June 8, 2015
security tips

While the Internet can be used for many things, it can also harbor dangers to you as well as to your computer. More often than not, surfing the web for information will prove harmless; this may cause people not to realize the full danger that can occur while online. For example, when on the Internet, personal information is shared whenever you purchase something online or enter your information. Without proper protection, this information can easily be stolen. Also, your computer can be infected by malware including spyware, viruses, and adware. Though there are many risks when going on the Internet, through a little bit of effort on your part, you can safely enjoy the web while protecting your computer and your information.

Here are a few tips on safely browsing the internet. Whenever your browser prompts you to update it, always say yes. This is because the most current versions of your browser will have the most up-to-date security on it, which means they will be able to keep you safer. You can also adjust your security settings on browsers so that they can warn you about potentially dangerous sites such as popups, malicious add-ons, and spyware. Also, you can install protective software on your computer for added protection. Spybot Search & Destroy for example protects against malware that other security tools might have missed. It can also safely be used alongside other antimalware programs. Symantec Endpoint Protection is a comprehensive security software program that protects against spyware. Web of Trust is another program that will warn you if a web page seems risky or has potential threats to your security. It will also verify if the page you are visiting is from a legitimate source. You should also be wary of Internet downloads. Sometimes, when you download a file onto your computer, you can be downloading hidden malware onto your computer as well. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So it is better not to risk it. These are just a few tips to consider for safer Internet browsing.

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