Surviving the Internet

We’ve talked in the past a bit about computer security. But given how pervasive the Internet is in our lives today, I thought I’d mention a few additional ways to protect yourself while online.

First, the lump of clay between your ears is your best and most important weapon. Use your head!

No, you did not win any foreign lottery.

No, nobody in Nigeria is really asking for your help in sneaking millions of dollars out of the country.

No, no one is going to pay you several thousands of dollars more than your asking price on that piece of crap car, if only you’ll cash their check and send back some of the extra money.

Listen, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably isn’t going to be the chicken that lays golden eggs. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When you get emails or messages about that sort of stuff, just delete it and move on.

As for social networking sites like Facebook:

  • There is no video of the Osama Bin Laden raid for you to watch.
  • There is no special app that will show you what you’ll look like in 30 years.
  • No, you won’t see what the Dad saw when he walked in on his daughter.
  • There are no free iPads.
  • Stop clicking on links like those and exposing both yourself and your friends to viruses.

    If you receive an email supposedly from your bank or other financial institution and it gives you a link to log in to your account, don’t click on it. Go to the main site like you normally do and log in that way. No bank is EVER going to ask you in an email for your password, EVER!

    Above all, remember this. That which has been seen cannot be unseen. Be careful what you put in for search terms when you’re looking for something. Trust me, the nightmares aren’t worth the curiosity….

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    Jim Cobb

    Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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