Privacy Dilemma: How to Protect Yourself Online

Privacy Dilemma: How to Protect Yourself OnlineNote : This is a guest post by a fellow blogger.

The proliferation of the internet has knocked down barriers around the world.  Someone in New York City can do business with someone in Tokyo without ever seeing their face or hearing their voice through the internet.  With all the possibilities available on the web there are also dangers lurking out there as well.  It’s important that you protect yourself when you’re doing anything on the internet. 

People are out there that steal other people’s identities through internet fraud.  While we’re not trying to scare you with these thoughts it’s important that you take the proper steps to protect yourself.  Here are a few tips for you to consider when you’re surfing the net:

  1. Be careful with attachments.  Under no circumstances should you open an attachment from an unknown sender.  Viruses can be hidden in attachments and when you open them up the virus will infect your computer.  Even when opening attachments from people you do know it’s wise to run it through anti-virus software before opening it up.
  2. Protect your passwords.  It’s important that you vary your passwords for you various online accounts.  Unsavory characters prey on people that use standard passwords.  It’s imperative that you keep these passwords secret and it’s also a good idea to change them to something new periodically.
  3. Install anti-virus software on your computer.  Viruses pop up everyday and can basically ruin your computer.  It’s vital that you stay on top of your anti-virus software.  Make sure you run all the updates that are offered at least once a week to protect your system.
  4. Set up a firewall on your computer.  Firewall restricts access to your system and is important if you have a cable modem or use DSL to get online.  Installing firewall onto your computer will disallow anyone unauthorized to gain access to your computer.
  5. Log off when you’re not going to be using the computer.  Your system is most vulnerable when you’re connected to the internet so make sure you log off when you’re not going to be using your system.
  6. Make sure you have plenty of back ups.  Make copies of your work so if your system fails you can have the back ups.  This is something you should do at least once a week.  Do this at work and at home to make sure you are covered in the event that your computer is stolen or corrupted.

This article is contributed by Heather Johnson, who regularly writes on Comcast deals. She invites your questions and writing job opportunities at her personal email address: heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.

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