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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
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
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