On the Internet at ease

Did you download a virus while you were surfing the Internet? Was your e-mail account broken in? Many things have been said and written about the secrets of surfing the Internet without problems, however, few things are really trustworthy.

The truth is that, about surfing the Internet safely, the first thing you must know is that nothing is 100% safe on-line. It doesn't matter how concerned about security a person or a company might be. It is not possible to guarantee absolute safety to any user. Why? Simple: Whenever someone develops a way to make things safer, someone else discovers a way to sneak in. This is never-ending, so you need just to accept it. Anyway, there are ways to keep your surfing somewhat safe. Take a look at these advices:

+ You always connect to the Internet by a given kind of telephonic connection. On the web, this connection generates a number, the IP number. The IP number is registered on every server you visit to make possible the detection of computer attacks and also to help find out the authors of several crimes. If you want to hide your IP number, there is software in the market which has been designed to this end. Buy one and install it.

+ Be careful with your e-mail. The e-mail is not a safe way to send and receive information. As a matter of fact, sending an e-mail is just like sending a postcard: You can read it, the receiver can read it, and every person with access to any server by which your e-mail message passes can read it. If you want to protect your messages, you can use encrypted e-mail to place your message in a sort of virtual envelope.

+ Be careful with the pages you visit. Honest companies do not offer you any threat nor trap when you surf on the cyberspace. However, some others include an automated routine in their codes which will install on your computer spy software or viruses without letting you know. Coincidentally, these websites usually offer doubtful information and get visitors from misleading messages in chat rooms or e-mail messages.

+ Be careful also with the software you download and read the license contracts through before installing them. Some companies will install you a third-party program with your installation because they have an agreement with that third-party company. If you read through, you will be able to decide.

+ Use complicated passwords for every service you have subscribed. Just forget the idea of using your name, your spouse's name or any other easy-to-guess combination to set a password for your site because, if someone wants to guess, he will do it. Think like a spy when setting or changing your password, not like a kid. You will avoid something called identity theft.

+ Keep your anti-virus software updated, specially if you use your computer as your main "information warehouse". There are hundreds of new viruses created every week, so you just cannot play with that.

+ Finally, forget peer-to-peer file-sharing software. It is true they allow major virus invasions on your system.

For most users, these advices will usually do. If you would like to some extra information, feel free to write us and we'll see if we can help you a little further.


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