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Protecting Yourself Online
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    2009-09-23

    Table of Contents:
  • Protecting Yourself Online
  • Dangers Lurking
  • Protecting Yourself
  • Don't Freak Out!

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    Being online is the norm nowadays. Gradually we've even become addicted to being online all the time. A decade ago wed just pop in and out of the online world to check our mail, search for something, or send some photos. But now we're accustomed to the comfort that comes from broadband connections. This article will tackle the possible dangers of being online and how to protect ourselves.

    Services have migrated online as well, and we are getting into the habit of doing everything -- or as much as possible -- from online. We order taxi cabs, pizza, our books; pay our bills; rent hi-def movies; and the list goes on. A while ago we published an article on the security vulnerabilities of web applications. That piece complements the article you are reading right now. Be sure to check it out.

    The common misconception of the vast majority of users is that they do not consider themselves likely to become possible victims. They think only high-profile companies get hacked into, and only banks are robbed. Wrong! Common people are drawn into fraudulent activities much more often than well-secured banks with the ultimate hi-tech measures. It's like leaving your car unlocked in a district that's "known" to be a dangerous place.

    Throughout this article we want to make you understand that the solution to this problem is changing your mindset regarding your security. Ensuring greater security never hurts. Taking preventive measures and being prepared will save you countless sleepless nights. And you know what? The chances are slim that you'll become a target that way. Why, you ask? Because, sadly, there are others that do not take those measures.

    In this article we will address the potential security problems with stored passwords, the frequent problem of weak passwords, the ultimate necessity of having a firewall, and more. We'll explain why you should not forget to leave the antivirus on continuous protection, help to instill the habit of checking hyperlinks before clicking on them, and show you how to take preventive measures regarding phishing sites and scam emails.

    Right now consider yourself lucky, because you'll be reading about and doing the right things to protect yourself whenever you're online. You can then safely leave your PC always on 24/7 and be connected to the Wild Wild Web safely and responsible. And all of your sensitive data will thank you later, trust us. Let's begin!

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