|For the Web Beginner,
there is much to learn. For the Internet beginner, there are
probably three guidelines that you should learn about immediately.
The Dreaded Computer Virus
A computer VIRUS can be a very nasty
thing to deal with, and email is the most common method of a
computer becoming infected. YOU MUST BE CAREFUL ! ! ! A bad
virus can end up costing you more than your computer in financial
terms, and untold misery in emotional terms.
At the present time, you can not get
infected from reading an email - you have to do something besides
just reading the email... something like opening an attachment or
clicking a link within the email. This could be a text link or
picture within the email.
>>>NEVER<<< open an email attachment unless
you are expecting it. 99% of all infections will come from someone
with whom you have communicated before and you probably trust. They
are not being malicious - They are just not aware that they are
infected, and their computer is going through their address book and
sending out infected emails without them even knowing about it.
If you receive an attachment that you
are not expecting, write the person who sent it and verify that they
actually did send it!
If you receive an email that click
here for... whatever... DON'T. It may say, "Click here to see a
really cool web page." or, "Click here to win a million
dollars." or, it may even say, "Click here to be taken off
our mailing list." You may be tempted, JUST DON'T CLICK.
Some viruses are downloaded with your
email. There is nothing to worry about - you have to open them them
before they become activated. Some reside on a web page, and the
link to that web page is in the email. If you go to that web page to
look at all the smiley faces, or fireworks, or whatever, while you
are looking at them, a virus is downloading onto you computer.
THE DELETE KEY IS THE ONLY
ALTERNATIVE WHEN YOU RECEIVE UNSOLICITED OR UNEXPECTED EMAIL.
A GOOD ANTI-VIRUS IS A NECESSITY
THESE DAYS - GET ONE.
Your Identity, And How To Keep It.
In real life... if you were at a
party, and met some new people, you would never consider telling
them you were somebody other than yourself. You would not say,
"Hi, I'm John Smith." when your real name was Frank Glen.
On the Internet, it's the other way around. In chat rooms and
in social gathering places on the Internet, Never... NEVER...
>>>NEVER<<< give your real name, address,
phone number, Social Security number, or any other identifying
information about yourself.
It is a sad statement on the way
things are, but the sweet young man you've been chatting with for
weeks could be Jack The Ripper, or a Terrorist - you just have no
way of knowing.
Never, under any circumstance, give
your Social Security Number away! I know... I know... the site says
enter your name and SSN for a chance to win this beautiful new
house, and you're feeling really really lucky... But your name and
SSN are all someone needs to steal your identity, clean out your
bank accounts, or even get a second mortgage on your house without
you becoming aware of it until its too late.
Personal information is just that,
PERSONAL. Keep it that way... it's a lot safer.
"Spam" is the internet equivalent
of junk mail. The best way to handle it is with your DELETE key.
Responding to, or clicking on a link that says, "click here to
remove your name" often only verifies that your email address
is correct - and they can sell a verified address for more money
than an unverified one.
On the same note, if you want to get
newsletters, enter contests, and get free offers through the email
system, Go to www.MSN.com
or www.yahoo.com and get a free
email address and use that address for such endeavors. That way,
when the spam gets overwhelming, you can close the account and get a
different one. You generally can't do that with your normal email
is a link for an Internet safety Tutorial.
is a link to the FBI site returning over a hundred publications on
Both these links will open in a new
window that will appear on top of this one.