The Internet is a whole world of information and entertainment available to you.  Unfortunately as with most things in life there is a dark side but if you take certain precautions and are aware of the pit falls there is no reason why using the Internet should be a problem.

 

Below is some good safety information,  Call us on 01438 742332 and talk to Ken or Julie to ensure your online experience is as safe and secure as is possible.

 

What Precautions Should You Take?

  1. Internet Security.  Make sure you have good up to date Internet security eg. Antivirus, Firewall, Anti-malware, etc.  No Internet security is 100%.  Thinking that you can do anything online and your security will save you is a big mistake.  It reduces the risk of infection but is not a guarantee.  We recommend AVG.  It is reliable, does not demand too much of the computer time, the technical support in the UK is very good and it is a good price.  Around £30 for 12 months cover for 2 machines. For further details ring us in the office.
  2. Anti Malware.  Don't put all your eggs in one basket.  We always recommend using a separate anti malware program just to be on the safe side.  One that only runs when you ask it to unlike your Internet security which will run as soon as the machine switches on.  We recommend running a malware scan at least once a month.  If you do any online buying or banking this cannot be stressed enough. Something like Malwarebytes, Adaware or Spybot would be suitable.
  3. Phishing.  This is a term used for emails and web sites that attempt to extract information out of the user by deceiving them into thinking it is a genuine website.  Examples would be an email from a bank saying there has been some unusual activity on your bank account and if you click on a link and type in your details the problem can be rectified.  At this point the site your are taken to will be fake and you will be providing your personal details to an unknown source.  If you get such an email which your not sure about either delete it, ring the bank or ring Computer Rehab.  No bank will ever ask you for logins, PIN numbers or passwords in an email.
  4. Social Networking.  Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friends Reunited and many more are all social networking sites.  For more about what social networking go to http://www.whatissocialnetworking.com  All of these can be great fun and are part of what the Internet is about.  When using these be vigilant.  Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know,  Remember when you put something on a web page about yourself its there for all to see and for ever.  Avoid clicking on a link unless your sure its safe.  A lot of virus infections spread this way.

For more information about Internet Security, staying safe while on the internet and parental guidence please spare some time to have a look at the videos and sources of information on this page.

 

 

AVG Internet Security

Some Informative and helpful videos from  PayPal regarding staying safe online and also detecting Phishing emails that you may receive.