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The Top 10 Golden Rules of safe Internet surfing

Are you a World Wide Web lurker? Ok, no offense meant. You are a light-saber wielding Internet wanderer. Better? Here are my personal guidelines so that you’ll be in a much safer zone when browsing the net.

  • Lose IE (Internet Explorer) and use Firefox, K-Meleon or Opera instead
    • Forget about unfixed bugs, worms, and unpatched holes. I prefer Firefox and it’s better equipped due to the tons of plug-ins. It also lets you handle phishing and harmful javascript with ease.
  • Use a Firewall
    • Ever used ICS Firewall for Windows? Whew. Trash it and use Comodo or Sygate firewall. Keeps hackers and unauthorized intruders at bay.
  • Use an Antivirus, Antispyware, AntiAdware, AntiMalware, AntiKeylogger, Trojan and Worm remover
    • Its a cruel world out there. Without the necessary security measures, you are left defenseless. Like a lamb led to slaughter. Use AVG for real-time defense, and install Avast and NOD32 (but don’t activate them automatically) handy for manual scanning. AVG antispyware and Spybot Search and Destroy for those bots. Ad-aware cleans-up your PC from those pesky adwares. Threatfire is great for security threats and malwares. For CWS worms use CWS shredder.
  • Always clear your internet history and cache
    • Tweak the settings in Firefox so that it does not remember history. And CCleaner will finish the clean-up job. Just a note, if you are using a public PC, don’t forget to log-out from your e-mail, online accounts and IM (chat) sessions. This way, you’ll not be crying that someone messed-up your MySpace or Friendster account.
  • Hack your hosts file to filter harmful websites
    • I will discuss hosts next time. This hack actually helps you filter the sites you browse. Eliminate finally those porn and warez sites.
  • Never download or use browser toolbars
    • Yep, you heard it right. Whatever toolbar it comes from, don’t use it. It’s better that way.
  • Update your OS to the latest security patches
    • It’s like a new car without oil. Patch-up and be secured.
  • Avoid peer-to-peer programs and be cautious in downloading vb scripts and executables
    • You can use a firewall and IP blockers to better manage your Torrent clients and Peer-to-Peer programs. But to be safer, avoid these.
  • Use Linux or Mac (I prefer Ubuntu Linux or DSL) instead of Windows
    • Finally, yeah we got Vista and her better and much secured engine. Linux has been around some time. Install and use it. You compare which is better secured.
  • Don’t open spam messages in your mail, and don’t give out credit card information to unsecured sites.
    • When in doubt, don’t act. Double check if the e-mail or site is secured or not. Google it for some reviews and ensure that it is legitimate and not a scam. Check if the site is using SSL which will show https:// – if not be careful in giving information. Also ensure that you have a stronger password than “password” šŸ˜‰ . It means that you have to use at least a 9 character password, alpha numeric, include symbols if possible, and upper and lower case. If you have made an online payment, be sure that it is a reputable service like Paypal or Xoom. And last, if you are used to storing passwords, try the freeware Keepass.

There it goes. May the golden rules lead you to the righteous path šŸ™‚ . It’s not fool-proof, but it’s a safer world for you WWW warriors.

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