Internet problems like viruses or hackers can be avoided by being wise about the websites you visit. This article offers helpful tips that will help keep your computer and personal information safe.
Beware of Threats Online
- Facebook messages from a friend telling you to sign up for a specific product to earn money. These are usually hackers who have broken into your friend’s account and are trying to steal your information. Facebook now offers the ability to run applications, but be cautious when running these applications, as they may contain viruses.
- Pop-ups saying that you have received anything for free, or won a contest that you never signed up for. These are attempts to get your personal information–so don’t give it out!
- LimeWire and other websites (collectively known as P2P programs) that allow you to download media illegally. While they can be used for legal downloads, they seldom are. More often, these sites are full of viruses. They are also against the Honor Code.
- Pornographic material. Anything that causes person to think inappropriately about another person’s body is pornography. It doesn't have to contain nudity to be considered pornographic. Pornography is often full of viruses, and furthermore, it is an obvious Honor Code violation.
- Places where you can watch movies online for free, especially new and unreleased movies.
- Use a web filter to keep you from accidentally going to unwanted websites. Be sure to enable an up-to-date antivirus program, and keep it running!
- Avoid falling prey to phishing scams. Phishing sites are sites that are made to mimic a trustworthy site in order to obtain personal information.
Internet Do Not’s
- Post private, personal information in any public place, including Facebook and chat rooms. (e.g., addresses, phone numbers, credit card information, debit card numbers)
- Open any spam emails. If you do not know who an email is from, be very cautious.