Internet Safety

A few tips on how to "Surf the Internet" Safely

Virus Protection

Always have some type of virus protection!

In general virus protections with fees offer greater protection for your computer.

Some reliable paid virus protections are Norton's and McAfee.

Some reliable free virus protections are AVG Free and Avast!

Website Security

To check if a website is secure look for the "s."

You can always tell if a website is secure by looking at the website's address.
For example:
http://www.... (Not secure)
https://www.... (Secure)

It is ok to be on a website that doesn't show the "s" as long as you are not providing the website with personal information such as credit card numbers, addresses, etc...

Passwords & Usernames

Having a variety of passwords and usernames allows you to keep online accounts more protected.

Using the same passwords and usernames on each of your online accounts could pose a security threat.

Note: Usernames are usually created by you or are the beginning of an e-mail address, depending on the website.
For instance the username for would be Mohler25.

How to Deal with Pop-ups:

Immediately closing pop-ups is the best way to handle them.

"Pop-ups" are small windows that randomly open while you are on the internet. Often the pop-ups will ask the user questions (which you should not answer) or are an advertisement.

The 2 ways to safely close pop-ups are...
1. Left click the red "x" at the top right hand corner of the pop-up.
2. Right click in the task bar over the pop-up and left click on the "close" option.