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Tips on Safety and Security when using the internet

Updated on November 23, 2009

Your safety and the security of information you send and receive through the internet is extremely important. Therefore you need to protect yourself against certain elements that you cannot see.

Since the advent of computers our security has never been threatened as much as it is today. We talk and share information with people and faces that look innocent, and we want to believe them. Yet often our illusions are shattered by those out to scam their way through our hard earned savings.

We have to outsmart this type of person. I have come across so many people, especially some of my fellow seniors. They are under the misapprehension that they have virus protection on their computer. They bought the program with the computer ten years ago. They do not realize that it should be updated automatically or manually every week. Once a month, is not good enough.

The way scams work

Do you realize that when we send information from our computer to a friend on another computer, that other computers in between will have a chance to read what we have sent? Do you now understand why security is very important?

If you buy something over the internet, you will either do a bank deposit on the internet. Pay for it with PayPal. Fill in your name and address and credit card number when you pay for things over the internet. No one knows if someone working on another computer between your computer and the person you are sending it to can intercept your details. I have been told it is possible. It is like when using an internet café to send email or buy something. Before you leave the café, do you clean out the cookies?

Do you ask if the computers are secure or if they are cleaned out after and before the last person has used the computer? If this is not done, then some people cleverer than me can follow those footprints and go into your accounts. Some secure sights have also been found not as secure as they thought.

We need to be more security conscious ourselves even on our own home computer.

Using wireless internet

Make sure that your wireless internet is secure.  I have seen unprotected computers while traveling recently.  I would go on my wireless laptop and look to connect to the internet.  Out of curiosity I would look to see how many computers were working in the surrounding area. 

Sometimes I have noticed unsecured computers; if I had no internet connection myself I could log into theirs and use it.  Everyone needs to be aware of this possibility.



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Emails are another security risk

These days we all send emails out often not realising the risks involved to our children and ourselves.

It has become a way of life and as such we become lax about it the risks involved. Learn more on the risks involved with emails

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      watericed Yes you can never be tooo careful

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      watericed777 8 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, yes the internet is a dangerous place that is why I am usually very cautious online especially regarding giving out personal information.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      nemingha, yes we do get a bit lax when things are going ok.

      ethel, yes It makes a change.Never sure which way to do it.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Good advice. I liked the quiz

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      Nemingha 8 years ago

      We all need to be reminded of the dangerous aspects of our reliance on the internet every now and then. Thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      The old firm

      Yes I was surprised how many people didnt know they had to update the virus programs. Especially the young senior people like me. haha. Thanks for that.

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      The Old Firm 8 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Thanks Eileen. I've used AVG in the past with no problems.

      I'm now using Avira(free edition) which seems to keep me clean. Also a couple of backup programs (Online Armour etc)

      I also unplug my Broadband connection if I'm not using the net for any length of time. It's a bit of a bugger to reconnect with Vista but better than being used by a trojan.


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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Wandererh, Nothing is really safe these days. Scammers are always looking for ways to cheat the system.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave comments .

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      David Lim 8 years ago from Singapore

      I'm no expert but I think that if the site that you are on is a secure site, you are safe from eavesdropping by a "middle" computer. Webpages on which you enter your payment information are usually secure, which you can tell from the https, instead of http, in the url.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Yes I have just updated mine. Great when it is free and does a better job in my humble opinion

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      Peter Dickinson 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Sound advice. I use AVG too. Looks like I need to update to version 9. Thanks.