Thursday, December 02, 2010

Subtle dangers online ~ By Phil Elmore

This was a subject that I began writing about a few years ago in my original Forum, "On a Mission - The Forum," because back in 2003, I was aware of how many people were new to the internet, and were not aware of all of the dangers that could be encountered. However, it has been several years since I pursued writing in that forum. But now, we have Phil Elmore to help guide us through the dangerous and dark places of cyber-space.

Phil's column deals with a subject that is vital to know if you are going to be using the internet for your cyber-shopping, along with some great general knowledge and advice to keep your personal information safe and avoid scams or "phishing."

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Subtle dangers online
Phil Elmore
By Phil Elmore

December 02, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Let's keep this as simple as humanly possible. Never click links sent to you through e-mail or instant messages unless you are in direct communication with the source and you trust that person. Never operate a computer that does not have up-to-date anti-virus software installed and running. Never install bootleg software. Never visit websites that traffic in bootlegged or less-than-legal content. When in any doubt whatsoever, simply do not click on, mouse over, install, open or otherwise access any online content or e-mailed files unless you have verified both the content and its provenance.

That's not hard. It's really very simple ... and yet every single one of us breaks those rules from time to time. If we don't want to take the risk, we have to refuse whatever it is we think the minor rewards might be. While it's possible to gamble and win, even for quite a while, eventually the laws of probability catch up to us all.

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