What To Do To Keep Your Personal Computer Protected When Online?
Internet newcomers are naturally concerned about security. They worry about whether it's safe to send credit card details over the internet, or whether children will come across undesirable material. Concerns over the privacy of email and the unauthorized issue of email addresses are also common.
All these concerns are valid, but there are measures you can take to guarantee the integrity of the sites your family visits, and that your own personal details are kept confidential. If a shopping web site states that it uses "encryption" technology to transfer credit card details, there should be no security problem.
However, a good web site will also offer alternative methods of payment, such as issuing an invoice, offering to take details over the phone, or faxing or mailing an order form.
The best way to protect children from coming across undesirable material on the internet is to use special software. Programs, such as Cyber Patrol and Net Nanny block access to sites known to have inappropriate content. You can also get software that creates a log of all the sites that have been visited from your personal computer, and so keep a check on what your children have seen.
Sometimes, your email address is obtained by companies or individuals who send you junk email, known as spam. You can try to avoid this by omitting your email address from forms that you fill in, either by hand or on the World Wide Web. Only give your email address to individuals of your choice.
Computer viruses can seriously damage your PC. The best way to avoid getting a virus from the internet, or from any other source, is to use an anti-virus utility. For added security when downloading files, make sure the "Always ask before opening" box is checked on your virus scanner. If you are buying anti-virus software, try to choose a package that automatically scans incoming messages and attachments.
A simple way to keep an eye on the Web sites that have been visited from your PC is to use the History button that comes with Internet Explorer. When you press it, a log of all sites that have been accessed will appear to the left of the Explorer window.