Happy Trails Computer Club
|Safe Surfing Practices
Rules to surf by
- Your wits and vigilance are the most important
protection you have out there
on the Wide
Woolly Web. Think twice before
that link in an email message
or something similar
on a slick Web page.
Stay away from the rough districts and back
alleys of the Web. Be cautious when you visit
a site that you "stumble across"
or know nothing about. If you want to go
to an dubious site, consider using a fully
passive browser like Off-by-One to check it out first.
- Set up a good defense system. Pay particular attention to your system and to your browser settings, and keep Windows, your browser
and your default media player up to date and patched. This basic strategy is designed to prevent
any unknown computer code --
no matter where
it comes from -- from running
on your computer
without strong safeguards.
For example, a
tricky email could take you
to a dodgy Web
page that triggers hostile
- Be very suspicious of any Web page, pop-up box or window that shows up out of the blue. They may
offer or instruct you to download
request personal information,
to "log on again,"
etc. Don't click
any of the links or even the
button to close the page. Use
to close them.
If that doesn't work, click
> highlight your browser
on the list of
applications > click "Close
> and then close Windows
- Websites will never ask you for your private
information such as credit card information
or your account password unless you were the one who initiated the
contact. [Scams, Hoaxes, Fraud and Identity Theft]
Blocking pop-up windows is another way to
reduce your risk. If it ain't there, it can't
do any harm, eh? Mozilla does a great job of blocking unwanted pop-ups
and letting the ones you want
- Be cautious with Web mail too, if that's what you use -- it's also
in HTML format. You can never tell when one
of those messages will contain hostile code.
Usually there's a way to delete suspicious
messages without even opening them. Find
it and test it before you need it.
- Be careful when you do download files. Consider the source before you do,
and be careful with any file, even those
from trusted sites.
|"Inside every older person is a younger
person, wondering what the hell happened." -- Cora Harvey Armstrong