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May 10, 2013   Kelsey Jones
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how to stay safe onlineThere are many different tips that one can utilize when they are browsing the Internet so that they can stay safe while they’re online. Furthermore, it’s also important that people monitor their children’s activity while they are online also. Taking these precautionary steps will help to ensure that people are safeguarded from unauthorized activity or spammers while they are online.

First of all when one is using the Internet, they should never browse to malicious sites as these can contain malware and viruses. Additionally, if one is sent fishy looking emails, they should also be wary as these contain malware and viruses. If an individual receives spam emails, they should go ahead and just delete them immediately. Opening these types of emails can cause unwanted activity on the computer such as malware or viruses.

As for safeguarding the computer, there is also malware software, anti-virus software as well as pop-up blocker software. These programs will assist one on the Internet to help block spam ads or other pops ups along with malicious websites. People should also be very careful about the types of online shopping they do, where they shop and what financial information is given.

If the individual sees that the website is not very reputable and seems like it could be a fake, it most likely is. Fake websites are designed by hackers to steal people’s financial information. On another note, people should also refrain from ever using public computers to engage in financial activity as people may steal this information.

Lastly, there could be sites that pose as the real website one would like to log into. When someone logs into the fake page, their information can be stolen to abuse their account in some way. As for children using the Internet, they should be monitored when they are online to ensure that they are not visiting bad sites or sites that could get them into trouble. Furthermore, it’s beneficial for one to put the main computer in the family room where adults can monitor the children while they are online.

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Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey is a Search Marketing Specialist, Freelance Writer, and Owner of MoxieDot, an online marketing agency. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and doing yoga.

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