Internet & Email Safety


Personal Information

Shopping

Scams, Hoaxes, Urban Legends

Social Media Safety

Computer Viruses

Spam

Phishing

Books

 

People often have questions about how safe it is to use the internet and email.  The following are some tips that will help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls and problems.


Personal Information

Always be cautious about giving out personal information. Your phone number, address and email address can be used to send you things you don’t want or need, or you can end up on a junk mail list.

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Shopping

Shopping online is like shopping from an unknown catalog; you should do some homework before giving out financial information.

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Scams, Hoaxes, Urban Legends

Since the internet is mostly unregulated, there are a lot of scams, hoaxes, and misinformation out there.

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Social Media Safety

Social media, such as blogs or Facebook, are very popular ways to communicate on the internet, but social media users need to be aware of the potential dangers or embarrassments that can occur while using these services.  You should protect your privacy and identity when using these services.

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Computer Viruses

Viruses are computer programs, and so cannot do anything until they are activated. This means the virus program must run automatically, or, more likely, dupe the victim into starting them up.

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Spam

Spam is unwanted, junk email.

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Phishing

Phishing is where scammers set up a fake website that look very similar to a real company's website in order to get credit card or account numbers.

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Books on Internet and Email Safety

Look for topics such as:

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