Security Best Practices - Web Browsing

Issue/Question

How do I safely browse the internet?

Resolution

  • Use a firewall program.
  • Never click on pop-ups.
  • Never respond to Spam e-mails.
  • Never open e-mail attachments that you were not expecting. If you are ever in doubt, e-mail the sender to make sure they sent it to you or google the e-mail to see if the attachment is bad.
  • Never click on links in your e-mail. Instead, copy/paste the URL into your web browser to ensure that the link is not redirecting you unexpectedly. For an example of URL mis-direction, view this image.
  • Avoid using peer-to-peer (P2P) network programs.
  • Avoid using your personal e-mail address for random registrations. If you are browsing the web and come accross a form that you want to fill out, but you are not sure what it will do, you may want to use a throw away email address to fill it out with. View these Google search results for some Disposable Email services (Note: some sites disallow use of these accounts).
  • Use programs such as WebOfTrust or McAfee Site Advisor to help avoid sites that are known for infecting computers.

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Details

Article ID: 50013
Created
Mon 3/12/18 11:13 AM
Modified
Thu 8/13/20 8:39 AM