Safe Internet Browsing Practices
1. Make sure your computer is updated!
Detailed directions on updating Windows can be found here:
Instructions on updating Mac OS 10.x can be found here:
2. Browse the Web with an up to date browser!
We suggest using Mozilla Firefox if you have a PC:
If you're using a Mac, we suggest using Safari.
3. Run anti-spyware programs weekly.
The anti-spyware programs we recommend for a PC are:
4. Run Stinger to search for viruses.
PC Users: You should already have McAfee VirusScan or similar program running. However, if you think your PC may be infected, run:
5. Set your Operating System to always show file extensions.
PC Users: Go to 'My Computer' - 'Tools' - 'Folder Options' - 'View' tab - and take the check out of 'Hide file extensions for known file types'.
Mac Users: Click on 'Finder' - and select the option to show all file extensions.
6. Other Safe Browsing Practices
- Stay on trusted web sites.
- Never follow a link in an email that wants you to update account/personal information.
See also; How to avoid Phishing Scams
- Do not open unknown email attachments.
- Links may not be what they seem. Hold the mouse pointer over a link to see the actual link location (usually displays in the bottom left).
- Do not run programs that are of unknown origin.
For a more detailed explanation and analysis of home network security, see: