Online Safety Tips The simple tips listed below can help you stay safe online.
Tips for staying safe online
- Do not open attachments (from anyone, even your grandma).
- Install vendor-provided operating system patches and fixes as quickly as possible.
- Just because you’re using a Mac, you’re not automatically safe.
- Update your anti-virus software definitions as often as possible. Once again, just because you’re using a Mac, you’re not automatically safe.
- Update your anti-spyware software definitions as often as possible. Same for you Mac users.
- Use a firewall or router (ask your ISP for help). This is inexpensive and puts a wall of protection between you and the network. Think of it as safe-sex for your computer.
- Don’t install or update software (like Flash, Acrobat, or QuickTime) from any ol’ Web site. Type adobe.com or quicktime.com into your browser bar instead.
- Update your browser to IE8, Firefox 3.5, or the latest Safari or Opera. Updated versions have better protections built in, and fixes for various exploits.
- Don’t access personal data from a public WiFi (like a cafe or hotel).
- Remove all personal data from social networks (and yes, this includes your birthday).
- Make all your Facebook, Twitter, and other social network settings private.
- Do not download pirated software or music (there’s often bad stuff hidden inside).
- Do not open attachments (it’s worth repeating).