What You Need To Know About Internet Security

by Barbara J. Feldman on September 25, 2007

The Internet is a playground of information and exciting things that can expand our world even further than it already is. It allows us to communicate with people halfway around the world in just a few seconds and brings the world into our homes. With this vast amount of information out there in cyberspace, there are also concerns for your safety about Internet security. There are a few simple rules and thoughts to keep in mind when you are considering your security on the Internet. Here’s what you need to know…

You should be concerned about Internet security for many reasons. You, like most people these days, probably do your banking and investing online, purchase from online stores or auction sites, communicate with friends and family over email, chats, or blogs. While your information may not be classified as government top secret, it still is very important to you. This is one of the main reasons you need to make sure you are secure while using the Internet.

So why would someone want to break into your home computer and get your personal information? These intruders, who may also be known as hackers, scammers, or attackers, may not even care about your identity but may want to use your computer as a gateway to access other computers. By doing this they can hide their true identity and location and can make it seem like you were the one doing it in the first place. On the other hand, they may be after your information so they can steal your identity or find enough information to steal someone else’s. Both of these are reasons to be concerned.

But there are many ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from these intruders. There are firewall programs that block other computers or programs on the Internet from accessing your computer without your permission; there are spyware removal programs that keep prying eyes out of your information, and there are antivirus programs to keep you from downloading programs that could damage your computer or allow entrance to someone you don’t want to have access. It’s important to have all of these in place on your computer. But it is more important to know how they work and why you have them in the first place. Intruders are creative and are always developing new ways to get personal information from you. The creators of firewall, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and anti-virus software programs are always finding ways to block these intruders and protect you from their attempts.

Some other good tips include not running a program that isn’t familiar to you and avoiding sites that aren’t reputable. Don’t download suspicious e-mail attachments; don’t even open e-mails unless you recognize the sender. It may even be a good idea to have a decoy e-mail that you give to sites when you enter sweepstakes or other prize promotions or when you are unsure of their intentions for using it. This information is often sold from person to person and company to company and you never seem to be able to get off the list no matter how hard you try.

The most important thing to keep in mind while you are using the Internet to keep you and your computer safe is to be alert and attentive. Know what is happening and why things are the way they are. If something seems suspicious there is probably a reason for it. If you suspect anything to be out of line with how they should be, use caution while proceeding. Know who uses your computer and what they use it for, and you will be better equipped to deal with any problems that come your way. Stay up to date and make sure that your firewall and other protective programs are consistently and constantly working to make your Internet use more secure.

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Feldman, Barbara. "What You Need To Know About Internet Security." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 25 Sep. 2007. Web. 16 Jul. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1180/what-you-need-to-know-about-internet-security/ >.


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