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McAfee Offers Tips for Online Safety

Posted on January 17, 2011
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McAfee, known for its online security software, gives out a list of reminders to keep your online experience safe from virus, phishing, malware, and spyware, without resorting to promote their programs to the netizens.

1. Mobile phones are vulnerable – Cellphones and Smartphones are now being targeted by online predators. Apart from guarding the handset with your life, do not store all of your passwords in your phone. Just one successful access from a hacker is what it takes for your private data to be compromised.

2. There is danger everywhere – Like in real life, the World Wide Web is a dangerous place. Even the most legit websites have pop-ups of ads that they may not know contain malicious scripts. So remember to keep your wired devices secured. If you are about to purchase an Internet-connected device, ask the manufacturer whether it has online security features.

3. Buy an encrypted USB thumb drive – Never store sensitive information in your computer or in any other computer. Just save your important files on a secured flash drive and plug it only when you need to access the files within.

4. Memorize as much passwords as possible – Using a single password on all of your accounts, even if it is strong, is not recommended. Once a hacker knows your password and he accessed your e-mail, your social networks, your bank accounts among others, you are left helpless.

5. Keep your anti-virus software updated – Whenever your security program has an update, install it as soon as possible because new malicious programs are being made everyday.

6. (According to McAfee) Never trust your security to free anti-virus software – Providers of free anti-virus software have to earn someway. If buying its software with full features do not make the income, then expect the free version of the program to be exploited. It may vary from having to download toolbars, getting pop-up ads, or worse, having your data hacked for precious information.

7. Check what your kids do online – Do not only protect your children from inappropriate content, but make sure that your kids are not browsing through sites that are not blocked by the parent filter program but may contain offensive content nonetheless (i.e. pirate blogs, dating websites).

Source: CrunchGear

 
 

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