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Online Safety Tip

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I think most people are aware of the various scams perpetrated through messages left in your email. As a reminder, here’s another of the scams to avoid.

If you receive this type of email, don’t click on the link they include in the message. If you believe there’s a remote possibility the financial institution named in the message, needs you to contact them, print the message and take it to their place of business.

You can also find their number (not the one in the message) and call them. 99% of the time these are false messages designed to either inject a malicious code into your computer should you decide to click on the link or they will ask for personal information to gain access to your account.

Dear ******* User

Your ******* account is suspended.

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity
of ******* accounts. We are contacting you after identifying
a problem on your account. We require information from you for
the following reasons:

Our system detected unusual activity on your ******* account

Please click on the link below and follow the process to
restore your account.

Click Here To Restore Your Account. 

a day at the beachAlso, I don’t care how desperate you are to meet someone, don’t click on any of the invitations to do a meet and greet with the gal or guy of your greatest dreams if you didn’t initiate the contact. If you have signed up with one of the on-line meeting or “soul mate” search sites, then perhaps you can proceed, otherwise don’t click on the link. It doesn’t matter if there’s an interesting invitation or beautiful picture, it’s a scam and you’re not going to like the outcome.

These are some essential precautions you should take using any computer that connects to the Internet:

Always keep current with program updates. This includes programs you install in addition to the Operating System.

I suggest you use a service like this to check the status of your programs if you use Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Go get — Update Checker. Mac and Linux users have a more comprehensive automatic update checker. Using them only requires you click on the update option when notified.

Be proactive about your updates rather than rely on an occasional alert when a new version is available. Those alerts usually only occur when you use the program. Malicious software doesn’t wait around to find vulnerabilities.

Install a good anti-virus / spyware program to protect your computer. Some of those I can recommend are as follows…

Anti-virus features:              Firewall/ malicious software protection
Ad-Aware Free                     Bitdefender Total Security
AVG Free & Pro                    Comodo Internet Security
Avast Free & Pro                  Comodo Firewall
Avira Free                        eSET NOD32 Antivirus 7
Avira Antivirus Suite             ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus        ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus + Firewall
Kapersky Pro

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Another Internet behavior you should adopt which coincides with my warning about email messages; don’t click on anything that requests or offers you something if you didn’t initiate the request. Obviously, if you’re downloading software/music/images that you chose, if it asks you if you want to run or save the file(s) you requested, that’s OK. The thing to not do, don’t click or add anything you didn’t request or want in the first place. Anything unsolicited should be treated as an unwanted guest. Pop up persistent browser windows sometimes can be annoying when you click on the close option and they don’t. If you use Microsoft Windows, you can press these two Alt + F4 keys together, to close the window.

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