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:
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….