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Quick Tips To Help Protect Yourself

Browsing the Internet

It is important when you browse the internet to keep your system up to date with the lates browers, firewalls and anti spyware software. By taking these extra steps, you can ensure a safe internet experience.

  • Review site privacy policies.
    Before entering any personal or financial information on a site, review the security and privacy policies posted. These policies describe how the site collects and uses information about you. By knowing more about the policies of a site, you can decide if you want to continue visiting.

  • Keep your browser updated.
    Newer versions of Internet browsers have the latest safety features that protect your computer from dangerous programs like spyware and viruses. If you have an older version of a browser, make sure you install the latest versions on your computer.

  • Use caution when downloading.
    Some software downloads from the Internet can harm your computer and compromise your security. Do not download any software from sites you do not recognize or trust.

  • Keep anti-virus software up to date.
    By keeping anti-virus update to date, you can not only avoid viruses but help decrease the number of fraudulent emails and web pages you might encounter.

  • Delete personal or financial information on public computers.
    If you use a public computer, someone else may be able to access your information or trace the sites you visited. To avoid this possibility, delete the cache memory on the computer to remove any traces of your visit.

  • Beware of spyware.

    Spyware is software that tracks how you use your computer and which Web sites you visit. Spyware programs could get installed on your computer without your knowledge when you visit certain sites, open unsolicited emails, or click on links in emails. Scammers also use "key-logging" programs that track how you use your keyboard. If a key-logging program is installed on your computer, you could unknowingly reveal sensitive information like your PINs or passwords to scammers. Consider buying and keeping current anti-spyware software to better help protect your confidential information. The software will help identify and delete any spyware or key-logging programs installed on your computer.