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Online Safety Practices

  1. Make sure your computer is Safe
    • Update your operating system
    • Use and update your Anti-virus software
    • Use and update your Anti-spyware software
    • Use a firewall
  2. Protect your personal information
    • Don't open unsolicited or unknown email messages. If you do get an email or pop-up message asking for personal information, don't reply or click on the link in the message.
    • If you're asked for your personal information - your name, email or home address, phone number, account numbers, or Social Security number - learn how it's going to be used, and how it will be protected, before you share it.
  3. Know who you are dealing with online
    • It is easy for a scammer to impersonate someone he is not. Online you cannot easily even know what country he is from.
  4. Beware of file sharing and "free" downloads
    • File sharing networks can open your computer to the outside world. Someone may not just be looking for music on your computer
    • Freeware may come with spyware that downloads without your knowledge. This spyware can slow your computer down, and allow outsiders access to your personal information. Often "free" isn't really free.

For an in-depth look at how to stay safe online, visit the National Cyber Security website

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