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Safe Practices
I frequently state that your own wits and good sense can be your best defense online. A really astute netizen could survive online with nothing more than a firewall for protection. The practices below are the most important precautions this mythical person would take.
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Be wary of deception  >>

Your own wits are the most important part of your online defense perimeter. You're in trouble if you're a quarter or even half wit. Just joking. Deception on the Internet can persuade you to help attack your own computer, or it can sucker you into a fraud.

It's easy to be taken in by innocent looking email, an enticing attachment, or a slick Web site. Even experts do from time to time. The wrong click can ruin your whole day. The most important thing you can do to defend yourself is get a general idea of the hazards, and then be on guard out there on the Internet.

Handle your email safely  >>

Email and email attachments are the most likely way for you to run into trouble on the Internet. If you set up your email client (program) correctly, and handle your email messages and attachments carefully you'll avoid your greatest hazard online.

Handle attachments safely  >>

Be very careful about how you handle attachments. Attachments present a bigger online threat to the average user than all the other hazards combined.

Handle files safely  >>

The principles of handling dubious files safely apply to both email attachments and the files you download. When you want to be certain a file is OK, you can often check it out safely before you open it.

Surf the Wide Woolly Web safely  >>

There are many traps for the unwary out there on the Web. You can sidestep them with a few precautions.

Download files safely  >>

Basis principle: Accept files only from sources you fully trust -- well known and trusted sources. The download page has much more information on the whole process.

"People who say you're just as old as you feel are all wrong, fortunately." -- Russell Baker
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