There are innumerable scams and viruses on the internet just waiting for someone to click “download” or let down their security for an instant. It is dangerous to surf the web unaware. However, there are some steps you can take to enjoy your internet browsing safely. These include employing security to protect you online, using your e-mail appropriately, and watching for the red flags.
Check your internet settings to ensure that you have firewalls up and some level of protection against the threats floating around on the internet. Also consider increasing your level of safety or use software designed to protect your from viruses. If you do invest in security software, remember to routinely run scans to clean your computer, as some viruses can stay dormant in your system for weeks before they wreak havoc on your computer.
E-mail is a wonderful way of communicating, but it can also be an open door to viruses and online scams. Only give out your e-mail address to people you know, and keep your password private. Also, beware of spam that can flood your inbox disguised as notifications, most commonly from your bank. E-mails with links in them that you can click on are the current method of computer invasion, so be extremely cautious if your receive them and investigate the source.
Lastly, keep an eye out for red flags that can warn you of potential threats. These include poorly spelled pop-ups or e-mails, or those that contain obvious grammatical mistakes. Do not open e-mail that is not specifically directed toward you—particularly bank information that does not contain your full name on it.