Safe Internet Browsing Practices
- Make sure your computer is updated!
- Updating Windows Computers:
- Updating Apple Computers:
- Browse the Web with an up to date browser!
- Run anti-spyware programs weekly.
- Run Stinger to search for viruses.
- NOTE: PC Users, you should already have Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (Windows 7), Microsoft Defender (Windows 8/10), or similar program running. However, if you think your PC may be infected, run:
- Set your Operating System to always show file extensions.
- PC Users: Go to 'My Computer' - 'Tools' - 'Folder Options' - 'View' tab - and take the check out of 'Hide file extensions for known file types'.
- Mac Users: Click on 'Finder' - and select the option to show all file extensions.
- Other Safe Browsing Practices:
- Stay on trusted web sites.
- Never follow a link in an email that wants you to update account/personal information.
See also; How to avoid Phishing Scams
- Do not open unknown email attachments.
- Links may not be what they seem:
- Hold the mouse pointer over a link to see the actual link location (usually displays in the bottom left).
- In some cases, holding the mouse pointer over a link will display the link next to the mouse cursor.
- Another option, you may want to right-click (or for Apple OS X: control+click) the link, copy the link, and paste into a text editor
- Windows: Notepad
- Apple: TextEdit
- Do not run programs that are of unknown origin.
For a more detailed explanation and analysis of home network security, see: