just an FYI for my sisters and brothers out there! You know all those chain mails and stories that get forwarded to millions of people? Do not open them. In most cases they are simply cheap tactics to build mailing lists for junk mail. In other cases, its a hacker planting a virus. Be mindful of emails from people you do trust. Check the file size. If there's no attachment and its a huge size, don't open it. If you know the person, call them and ask about it. There are viruses out there that invade your address book and spam the people you know to infect their computers as well...
The worst of it is. Many of these use Christian messages so people feel compelled to open them. It's one thing to email a friend just as you blog on a site. But don't forward the mass mailings on. They could be a malicious and are usually untrue. (By untrue I mean the ones that say stuff like If you send send this to x number of people. Or forward this on this company, person, or subject is against Christianity) It could just be the work of a spiteful customer or competing company trying to drive business away. In this case do the research on the topic before making an opinion.
If you get a call from someone pretending to be a bill collector or what ever, make them confirm their identity first. They called you. They should confirm who they are before you tell them anything about yourself. This "social engineering" attack is often how many people suffer identity theft. When in doubt, call them out on it. If they get angry with you, advise them you have no reason to trust them, and if they are who they say they are they can provide proof of it. Otherwise hang up.
Most of the common email services are not safe. Did you know that Gmail is not encrypted? What I mean is, when you log into your gmail account, you're username and password is transmitted to the email servers in "clear text" or plain as day for anyone sniffing around to seize and abuse.
I set up a microsoft live address, within less than a day I had been spammed several times by "spoofed" emails (fake email accounts) and I hadn't even used the address or given it out yet....So hotmail and live are not that secure.
Your ISP is spying on you. It's in their contract of service to you. If you use their email service, they are screening you messages. They claim its to hunt down attackers. I personally don't care since I don't use email in a shameful or embarrassing manner. I would care if they started selling information about me to be spammed with ads and such...
If you see a pop up. Don't even click the red x. Many pop-ups have fake buttons so you'll click the wrong thing and install a malicious program. Some pop-ups will do it even if you hit the right buttons. The best thing you can do is hold down the ctrl, alt, and del keys on your keyboard. Go to task manager and close you entire browser from there. Then exit out of there and run a virus scan to make sure you haven't been infected.
Disable all cookies. Did you know you can have cookies downloading into your browser from sites you haven't even visited? Internet Explorer is the worst for this. For security it is better to deny all by default and permit by exception. Google Chrome has the best interface for this I have found. It allows you to do this session and keeps an icon on your menu so if you are on a site that you need to install a cookie for, you can choose to permit it always or just for that session. (Session is the length you leave your browser open.) You can also set it up to delete all cookie when ever you close out your browser (once you x out of the browser the session is over and the cookies are deleted).
Don't blog on Facebook where you work, what you do, and when you're out of town. You're asking for trouble. Don't complain about work on those sites. You're bosses could be spying on you. Even if you only login at home. Here's an example of how I set my facebook I never use (the place is riddled with virus and malware, be careful.)
Job title: I sit at a desk
Occupation: I sit in my cubicle, stay at a computer monitor until my eyes fizzle and go home.
-Nothing else is needed. Keep your privacy and don't let the world spy on you.
Did you know that the average brandnew computer has been attacked within the first 5 minutes of being connected to the internet? Make sure you have you're security settings in place.
Having a slow connection speed from your wireless router? Do you have it encrypted with password protection? If not, all your neighbors are probably on your network and sucking up your bandwidth. Not to mention an open connection to your network is an open door to your PC. Windows tends to be more trusting of devices connected to your home network.
Did you know that many pc's carry viruses that mean no harm to the pc they sit on? Instead they issue commands by the hacker to attack a larger network. These PC's become known as "zombies" as the only thing the pc owner experiences is a slower connection speed while their computer is attacking another. This was the case when Facebook was down for a whole day. The attacker had enough pc's endless connect to the servers to overload them and shut them down. This is known as a DDos attack (distributed denial of service). This is yet one more reason why our pcs should never be "riding dirty" on the net with out strong security in place.