Surfing Security

The ABC's of Surfing the Web Safely

Not sure how to stay safe when online or using a computer? Yes! Then everything and anything you would need or even what to know is right here.

A) Anti-Virus Software

Anti-Virus Software should be installed on every PC, computer and laptop in the world. This software can run a scan at anytime! All you need to do is click a couple of buttons to save the entire content of your PC. Run these scans at least once a month to minimise the possiblity of viruses. If a website or company rings/tells you your computer has a virus, run this scan before giving them any personal details. The chance you actuallt do have a virus is very low.

B) Blogs

Beware when using blogs, even if you think the information is kept only to your followers. Anybody on most sites, especially if you created the website and address yourself, can access the information and pictures on them. Don't add photos you got from the Internet as they may be subject to copyright. When using blogs, it's best to stick to light-hearted opinions, and discussing things you like doing like art or sport. Never post personal information or any content that could cause you harm or grief.

C) Chain Mail

Chain Mails are a absolute waste of time. No matter what they will happen, won't. Don't bother to send them on, just delete the message and, if you don't know the sender, block them. But if you do know them, just send them a reply telling them you don't want anymore Chain Mails sent to you!

D) Devises With Bluetooth

Keep your Bluetooth turned off at all times. Only turn it on if you are using it and when your done, make sure you turn it off again. When left on, people with Bluetooth on thier devises can access your files if you don't have a password. Therefore, ensure you have a password for your Bluetooth connection. Never set your name as the name for your Bluetooth devise.

E) Emails

Beware about your email provider make sure they are a trusted brand, preferably a well-known. Also, do not open emails from unknown senders, especially the attachments if applicable. Ensure you also run scan before downloading attachments unless you are totally sure of what is contained in the download.

F) Facebook and Social Networking

Social Networking Sites such as Facebook and Twitter both have their positive and negative aspects to them. The main issue with them is the fact that paedophiles and other hazordous people can hide behind the screen pretending to be someone their not. For example: a 40 year old man could pretend to be a 13 year old girl so he can get close to her. The main thing to remember is that you can talk to strangers over the Internet, but never ever, what ever you do , meet up or go on video chat with them. There is a big chance they're not who they say you are. Thsi is one of the many reasons you should alsways be aware of the minimum age of a Social Networking Site.
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G) Gaming

Only play games suitable for your age group. The ratings are there for a reason as the graphics and general aims of the games can be very explicit.

H) Hackers

Hackers have a way with computers. They, even with the smallest peek into personal information, can do heck of a lot. this is why keeping your information to your self, and being certain of what you are doing when online, is so important!

I) Ignore Scareware

Scareware is only there to pressurise you into buying or signing up to something. Just ignore the messages as they, if listened to, can rip you off... big time! If the Scareware came with a programme you download, try uninstalling it and download it again. If that fails, contact the provider. Just ignoring them is the best way to solve the issue.

J) Justice When It's Needed

If a online company or buyer lies to you in anyway that works against you. There is a legal system in place to protect you. This is called the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information on this, click the link below.

K) Keep Somethings To Yourself

Keep personal information to yourself. Things like passwords and bank details especially.

L) Limiting Wireless Range

Limiting your Wireless Range can be very important, this way, the public cannot use your WiFi connection form a position outside your house. Limit the range to within the walls of the property, or even better, only to the areas where a WiFi connection is needed.

M) Mobile Marketing

N) Net Shopping


O) Online Identity

P) Phishing

Q) QR Barcodes

The issue with this type of barcode is hat anyone can create on and send a link with it to any random site. These could lead to

R) Reset Administrators Passoword

S) Scareware

T) Text Message Marketing

U) Use Passwords

V) Vile Websites

W) WiFi Rooter


Y) Your Privacy Matters

Don't write usernames and passwords down as anyone can find them at anytime. Create memorable usernames and password and store them in your mind.

Z) Zare We Have It!