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Protecting Yourself Online

4 tips on keeping yourself safe while surfing the Web

You can keep yourself relatively safe online by following this advice:

  • Interact with only sites you trust. These might be sites that people you know recommend or businesses you trust offline. You can also use a feature in your Internet browser or a security product, such as McAfee Site Advisor, to identify and avoid sites that are known to download malware (malicious software) onto your computer.
  • Don't expose private information to the general public. If you're sharing personal information such as your name, location or daily schedule, keep settings in social networking and other accounts private. If you're writing for the broader public, take care to avoid exposing private information at all.
  • Don't click links in ads or e-mails, enter contests, fill-out surveys, open attachments to e-mails that are suspicious, or respond to e-mail scams.
  • Be aware of private information about you that others — including friends, organizations that you volunteer or work with and the government — may post online.

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