Protecting Your Online Activities

It is important to install anti-virus software on your computer and keep it up to date. The same holds true for firewalls and security patches for your operating system.

If you are using the Internet for financial transactions, be sure the sites you visit are secure. Most secure sites have URLs that start with "https://" instead of the normal "http://." Some websites may display a logo indicating it is secure, but make sure you know the site is one you trust.

Be careful using public computers. Using a computer at a cyber café or a free computer at a trade show can be dangerous. The computer may be programmed to capture user names and passwords. If you use this type of computer make sure no one is looking over your shoulder to memorize your personal data and be sure to sign off when you are done.

Wireless Internet networks have become common and convenient. Some are secure and some are not. Be careful using wireless networks that are free and not secure. Wireless home networks deserve attention as well. It may be time consuming or more expensive to have a secure network at home, but that is better than having a fraudster sitting in a car on your street monitoring your activities and gaining access to your files and information.



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