Stay safe online with Ilfracombe People
By Ilf_Peeps | Sunday, February 13, 2011, 18:16
This week was safer internet week with Safer Internet Day falling on the 8th February 2011. Here are Ilfracombe People's top tips for staying safe online.
Stay Safe online with Ilfracombe People
You don't have to spend a fortune on anti-virus software to safeguard your computer; Microsoft Security Essentials provides protection against viruses, spyware and malware and is free as long as you have (genuine!) Microsoft Windows installed on your computer. Their website also offers advice and guidance on how to stay safe when browsing the web:
Internet browsing can be a safe experience but you should still be aware of dangers that exist when visiting websites. "Browser hijacking" is a type of attack that allows an attacker to take control of your browsing experience, for example by adding links to sites that you have never visited or relentlessly displaying pop-up advertisements. More information on browser hijacking, including how to avoid it, is available here.
You should also be on the lookout for spoofed websites that look similar or even identical to legitimate websites but are actually a front by scammers to get your personal information.
Internet Explore users may also encounter a prompt to download an ActiveX control when browsing certain websites. While ActiveX controls have risks, just like a lot of other media used in websites, they can enrich the user experience. Make sure that you are aware of the risks and learn what to look out for if you suspect an ActiveX control is malicious.
Internet Explorer also has a variety of security options that you can choose to improve the safety of your browsing and email activities, including the introduction of the SmartScreen filter.
If the worst does happen and your Microsoft PC or laptop has been affected by a virus and you need help, you can get virus-related assistance at no charge from the Microsoft Online Safety Portal.
For more straight-talking, jargon free advice on how to surf the net safely, visit the computer active website, where you can find more information about online dangers such as phishing and how to identify malicious sites.
Alternatively you can pop into the local computer shop and ask their advice on how to protect your computer. The guys at Gear are described by one Ilfracombe People reviewer as "very nice men who will do their best to help you". So why not take a tip from the experts while supporting local business and our High Street.
What are your top tips for safe surfing online? Add your advice below!