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Surfing the internet securely - Important information for anyone who surfs the web.
I always say that the internet is a beautiful place to live, but it is malicious people who make it a bad place sometimes. Every day we are on the internet, we risk other people from around the world seeing exactly what we type and having access to our personal information. Our credit cards, social security numbers, usernames, and passwords are all available for anyone to have access to if they know how to do it. Even the best virus scan security programs and spyware stoppers are not enough.
I am not saying this to scare anyone. I am saying all of this because it is the truth and in this hub, I will give you the tips, tricks, and strategies to protect yourself. I also travel around the country educating people on how to surf the web more securely. I will also tell you how to log into your favorite websites like Facebook, Twitter, Ebay, and yes, even Hubpages.
Table Of Contents For This Hub...
The True and Scary Facts About Web Surfing Security
- Every computer on the internet gets attacked. Most of them time, the attack is invisible.
- Any computer that is attacked will have viruses, spyware, malware, badware, and keyloggers.
- Facebook gets hacked 10,000 times per day! This explains why it is sometimes very slow. The attack is called DOS (Denial of Service).
- If you are visiting a web site for the very first time, you can search that web site on Google first and Google will let you know if that web site has spyware on it or not. Also, use Firefox, not Internet Explorer.
How Google Tells You If A Website is Not Safe
Google is not just for searching websites. It is also there to tell you if a website is safe BEFORE you visit it, so ise it for that purpose too.
If you are unsure about visiting a new website, make sure you search for it on Google first. If Google shows "This Site May Harm Your Computer", it probably can. Find one of its competitors.
How Firefox Can Tell You If A Website is Unsafe BEFORE You Visit It.
Firefox, like Google, will also pre-warn you about any unsafe websites. Internet Explorer does not do this. If you use Internet Explorer to visit a website that is not safe, it could mean trouble. Use Firefox first to find out if you really SHOULD visit that new website.
All of this information comes from stopbadware.org for which Google, Firefox, and AOL are all partners of.
The CORRECT Way to Enter Your Passwords. Most people log in the UNSAFE way.
Most people just enter their usernames and passwords when they log into a website. BIG MISTAKE. Did you know that your computer could be running a special malicious spyware program called a keylogger?
"What are Keyloggers?", you ask. Keyloggers are programs planted by hackers from websites you visit that actually record everything you type into your computer and then transmit that info to a hacker probably half way around the world.
Don't just type in your username and passwords when you log into Facebook, Twitter, or even Hubpages.
Follow these steps:
- Store your passwords using one of the Microsoft Office Products like Word, Excel, One Note
- Enter all your login information into one document including Web site address, Username, Password
- Password-Protect that document with one password. This makes it possible for you to remember only ONE password. You can password –protect MS Word, MS Excel, and MS One Note.
- When logging into the web site, copy the login information from your password protected document and paste it into the login form on the web site. Do this especially for Facebook!
- Bookmark all your favorite web sites and use the bookmark to visit the site. Do not type in the web address into your browser.
Do you see what I am getting at here? I am simply advising you not to type your login information. Keyloggers are like cancer. They are slient, but deadly.
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In my next hub, I will explain how to choose passwords that are easy for you to remember, but hard for hackers to crack, and yes, they can even see your passwords.