aka: Don't be your own worst enemy
In all of my years of dealing with infected, polluted
and frankly, somewhat abused computer systems, I have to say
that not using Safe Surfing guidelines is the
leading cause of malfunctioning computers!
Many times it is youth who just haven't yet learned that
there is no such thing as a free (lunch) mp3, killer game, or
provacative photo of (insert name of favorite famous female).
Other times it's more mature individuals in a temporary lack of
The hunt for porn (whether free or paid), free screensavers,
free mp3's, free games, etc is the best way to end up with an
infected computer. Safe Surfing means sticking to what your gut
tells you is Ok to do. Pretend your mother is watching you surf
(but then again some mothers...).
Not everyone on the internetSometimes there really is what is
promised on that website; you just pick up a little extra
unwanted program code along the way and BAM! your machine is
infected. Other times, you just get the BAM!
is telling the truth
Email and attachments
Some of your contacts are just more prone than others to
send you an email that leads to trouble. You know who they are.
Be VERY careful when dealing with those! And don't open
So many of the worst viruses have historically been spread
by infecting a computer and then the virus will systematically
go through all email contacts and send them an email, usually
with an attachment, including a copy of itself to infect those
machines. And guess who is listed as the sender - YOU!
I really can't emphasize enough using SiteAdvisor.
Whether you use Internet Explorer or an
alternative browser like my favorite Firefox, SiteAdvisor
has a plug-in for you to use. Please USE IT. It's the best,
easy to use guide for Safe Surfing that I know
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