Security 101, What You Need To Know To Survive On The Internet

The Internet offers many opportunities to its users. But it also has a dark side, that many users are unaware of, or chose to ignore. In Security 101, we discuss five aspects that ever Internet user needs to know to protect the computer, data, and identity online.

  • In downloads, we discuss the dangers of downloading files from the Internet, and options to make sure the file downloads are safe before executing them on the local computer.
  • In Privacy, we discuss privacy related topics like identity theft, and offer advise how to avoid it.
  • In Phishing, we explain the concept, and provide the means to avoid phishing forever.
  • In Spam, we detail how spammers find email addresses, and what you can do to protect your email from them.
  • In Updates, we discuss the importance of keeping the computer system, and its software up to date to avoid leaving the system’s vulnerable to attackers.

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5 Firefox Add-Ons That Increase Online Security

We have shown in past articles like Gmail login or Facebook login how to handle security and login problems on those sites.

This article takes a closer look at  some general options that Firefox users have to increase their online security. We have already reviewed two Firefox add-ons in the past, the Last Pass password manager that can generate and remember secure passwords, and the Web of Trust extension that scans links and warns the user if websites are not to be trusted or outright malicious.

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Safe Browsing With Web Of Trust

I tend to get many requests from people all over the world who like to know if there is a way to find out if a website on the Internet is malicious in nature or dangerous in other ways before accessing it.

There are actually a few possibilities to handle that. Most of these require specific IT knowledge however to look up server and domain information at the domain registrar and query databases that contain relevant information.

A better option for most users is to install a web browser extension that handles all of that for them. And one of those extensions is the Web of Trust extension which is available for Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

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10 Tips To Improve Your Internet Security

Security is important. Computer security basically consists of protecting data from unauthorized access. Data can be anything from files on the computer system over personal information of the user to tax documents, photos or credit card transactions. Many Internet users do not see it that way and reduce it to protecting the computer against computer virus attacks.

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How To Verify That You Are On The Right Website

If you ever worked in tech support you know that there are users who have to use computers without having a clue what is going on. Those users open a website by entering its url in the search form, click on links in emails, open attachments and do many other things that experienced computer users call foolish or at least a security risk.

I have met many PC users who could not tell me on which website they were currently on and it took a lot of navigating around before they could tell me.

This guide is for those users. It will explain how to find out on which website you are and if it is the right website. This may sound trivial to experienced users but believe me when I say that it can benefit inexperienced users.

This guide will use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 web browser. Other web browsers, like Firefox, usually have a similar layout.

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