For most of us the Internet is part of our everyday lives. We use it to stay in touch with family and friends, check the weather and news, shop, pay bills, and even further our education. In this article we will discuss the top 5 Internet safety tips that everyone should be aware of.
1. Always use anti-virus software
Believe it or not, there are people who make living out of infecting computers with viruses. Once in a while they may succeed even if you follow safe browsing guidelines. The most important thing you can do for your computer is to regularly scan it with an anti-virus program. This simple step will help identify and eliminate any viruses as soon as possible, as well as limit the damage they can cause or prevent damage altogether. Windstream offers McAfee Anti-Virus, a top of the line protection and removal program, in all of their security packages.
2. Don’t fall for phishing scams
Phishing scam awareness has increased significantly over the last 5-10 years, but is still not at the level it needs to be. Scammers are getting more creative every day and coming up with scams that don’t trigger personal security alerts in many people. In order to avoid phishing scams, make sure your email is with a trusted site that filters as much spam as possible. Never reply to e-mail or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information. Also, don’t click on links in messages, even if they come from a familiar source. Installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software will drastically reduce your chances of phishing scams making their way to your computer.3. Don’t give out credit card numbers
Never give out credit card information unless you are visiting a trusted site. Stick with familiar vendors and use a third party “e-wallet” like Paypal whenever possible. E-wallets keep your information safe and also give you a course of action to request a refund if the service or item you ordered was not delivered. Having a computer security package that includes identity theft protection will also give you an extra line of defense.4. Do not download and run files from untrusted sites
The easiest way for your computer to get infected by viruses and malware is through files you download and run. The most common type of infected file is that with an ‘.exe’ extension. A lot of sites that offer ‘free’ software will actually infect your computer with a virus that can modify or delete important files on your computer. Because of this, it is very important to back up important files and documents. Find an all-inclusive security package that includes data backup so you never have to worry about your losing valuable information. 5. Do not visit malware infested sites
This should be self-explanatory, but if you go to a site where there are several pop-ups and suspicious looking links, get away from that site immediately! One wrong click could end badly for your computer. In the event that you stumble upon a site like this, accidently click something and notice your computer acting a little strange, you can get support for this and any computer issues from Windstream experts with their Total or Ultimate Security Pack.Following the above 5 tips will help keep you safe while online. The best thing you can do for yourself and your computer is to protect it. Purchasing a comprehensive security package like those offered by Windstream is the easiest and most reliable way to stay safe.
Windstream is one of the largest providers of telecommunications services in rural communities in the United States, and we are a customer-focused telecommunications company that provides phone, high-speed Internet and digital television services. We also offer a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies.
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