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The Web Can Be A Dangerous Place: Learn To Protect Yourself

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Malware, phishing scams and other dangerous entities are all over the Web these days. A report from earlier this month said 2013 was going to be even worse than 2012 in regards to the proliferation of malware across the net. It’s now more important than ever to protect yourself, but perhaps you don’t know how. That’s where these helpful tips come in.

Google thought it was high time to remind its users once again how to remain safe and secure on the Web. The following video contains a number of common sense tips, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t actually actively protect their computers from Web-born attacks and malware.

As I said, a lot of these are common sense safeguards that you can put into place. I would like to give special attention, however, to the 2-step verification process. I never used the feature for my Google account because I’m careful about who I give my personal email address to and never ventured outside the “safe boundaries” of the Web without the proper precautions. Even with all my precaution, my account was almost hijacked by a hacker out of China. It was a much needed wake up call.

In short, if you use a personal email client, you really need to take advantage of the security options that your service provider employs. If you’re proactive about security now, you won’t have to deal with the fallout of having your online identity stolen later.

The Web Can Be A Dangerous Place: Learn To Protect Yourself
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  • TheDutchMan

    Articles like this make people like me rich, hypothetically.

    The fear mongering about viruses, malware and hackers among non-techies is a marketing invention of big anti-virus companies, and they will think you for this article!

    As a computer technician, the first thing I do at the customer site is getting rid of any commerical anti-virus software and strongly suggesting a paying customer to end his subscription. Instead, I install free protection software such as AVG.

    All commercial anti-virus software is nothing but a powerpoint slideshow of fear mongering screen, making the customer paranoid and happily renewing his subscription. Its one of the best marketing scheme’s out there.

    As a working professional I can say that there are primarily two sources of malware: Internet Explorer, Facebook games and pron sites. If you are clean of those, chances are extremely slim you gonna catch anything with a basic protection kit, unless you work for the secret service.

  • http://www.trendmicro.com/us/small-business/product-security/index.html Kaito Mori

    Great article. I think its a good reminder of things to watch out for. Better to be be prepared instead of waiting until it’s to late.