Safe Internet Browsing Practices

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

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.
  • 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: