What Else Can You Do?
The US Government offers tips on Internet security and confidentiality as well as fraud and scams on an informative website that everyone should read. They also have an Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) and a Cybercrime web page that deals with hacking, spam and phishing scams.
Almost everyone will be affected by one or more computer viruses, but when surfing, check to see if a website is secure through security certificates. If you see the padlock on the bottom right of your screen and it’s in the locked position, the site probably has some level of protection.
Avoid opening emails, especially those with attachments, from people or companies you don’t recognize. Always keep in mind that email offers that sound too good to be true, probably are, so stay away from these.
Even snail mail offers you receive that instruct you to visit a company online for an offer should be checked out thoroughly before you offer any personal information. If you’re unsure of a company, do a browser search for complaints on the company and see if there are any legitimate ones out there. Whether you file share or not, make sure you backup your hard drive as often as possible.
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