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Don't respond to any suspicious e-mails requesting personal information. If you have questions about the e-mail, call the company who sent it, phone them and use the phone number provided by them from a statement or from the telephone directory. Don't use the number provided in the e-mail - it's most likely fraudulent.
Be suspicious of e-mails requesting you to update your account information - Don't do it! Watch for Phishing emails which often try to get your attention by telling you that there's a problem with your account. Be very careful....they look genuine....but they're fraudulent.
Don't send personal or confidential information using e-mail, it's not that sercure.
If you want to access your personal information at your bank, stockbroker, financial institution, etc using the web...... Type the address in the web address bar, don't use a link from an e-mail.
When ever you transmit personal data online, make sure the website is sucure. You will see a lock icon on the bottom of the screen if it's a secure site. The web address will begin with https:/ rather than http:/ You can see examples HERE
Try not to store financial and personal information on your laptop.
Maintain up-to-date antivirus and antispyware programs on your computer. Update and run them regularly. Keep up on your Windows critical updates - they're very important.
Make sure you have a good firewall on your computer - not just the one that came with Windows....it's not sufficient. A good firewall stops incoming and out going traffic.
Please consider using FireFox instead of Internet Explorer. A more secure browser! Easy to make the change! FireFox Tutorial
Don't download files (attachments) or click on links in e-mails from people you don't know and be very careful when you do from people you do know - check with the person first and scan the file with your antivirus before opening it. My rule is don't open attachments period!
Don't use automatic log-in features that saves your user name and password. Always "log off" after you're done on sites that require you to log in with a user name and password.
Don't use public internet-access computers in libraries, cafes, hotels and other public places to conduct personal or financial business.
Finally, don't store passwords on your computer.......turn off "auto-complete for passwords" and "save passwords" in your browser
Last edited by MrCharlie on July 10th, 2007, 9:57 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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