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How to use proper internet safety techniques

Updated on February 9, 2011
internet safety techniques can protect against online threats such as "phishing"
internet safety techniques can protect against online threats such as "phishing"

Don't think with your eyes

When it comes to the Internet, seeing is not always believing. To protect the safety of your computer and important information, you must do a thorough search on the product and services you're interested in paying for. While it may look like a professional website with all the fancy graphics and eye-catching offers, the whole thing could be a scam. This is a very simple but often overlooked Internet safety technique.

Every website should have a description page for what they're offering you. Go over the information and make sure all questions you may have are answered by the info. If not, another Internet safety technique to use would be calling/emailing customer service for additional information. Proper Internet safety procedures that lead you to any type of confusion may very well be a scam.

Look for the agenda

Everyone has an ulterior motive in business. Some websites may offer free info downloads but their goal is to get email addresses. There are times when that motive can seem harmless but turns out to be a grave dug just for you. Research customer testimonials and website reviews. This is a big part in Internet safety.

Online threats can range anywhere from gathering email addresses for spamming and hacking to trial offers to get bank account or credit card information to take your money and identity. This is the worst place to be in. It's better to avoid a bad situation that getting out of one. That is why Internet safety is so important. Proper techniques online can prevent troubles.

www.ftc.gov

Having problems identifying a scam from legitimate website? Internet safety depends on your individual knowledge so there are resources available that will assist you in making better choices online. Simple techniques include using search engines and question sites like Yahoo Answers. For advanced information to better guarantee internet safety, using the Federal Trade Commission website www.ftc.gov.

The Federal Trade Commission has all the information you may need on websites you have questions about. Scam alerts, customer testimonials, and filed complaints are common on ftc, which helps curious web surfers make a valid decision. While you shouldn't base your Internet safety on someone else's opinion, it wouldn't hurt to listen because they dealt with the situation which is why they're able to talk about it. Alongside Wot (web of trust), this could be the best protection you can get. In order to enjoy Internet safety, you have to use the web for infomation on your interests.

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      Levi Joshua Kell 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Very good information. Thank you.

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