Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tech Tip: Web Etiquette and Safety

Increasingly websites offer interactive content like comments and message boards. The same rules used in email should be applied to these as well and are doubly important for social networking sites such as Facebook, where more and more people might view what you write. Consider that many current or potential employers may check social networking sites to get a clearer idea of who you are. The last thing you want them to see is some rude comment you made. Also remember that even though the event you attended recently was great, some pictures should not be loaded online. Your digital reputation can be as important as your “real world” reputation, so the same etiquette rules apply to JOHNLOL12351 online as they do to real world John Smith. Web Safety Using the Web and searching with Google can allow you to find almost any information in the world.

However, like the real world, there are some dangerous neighborhoods that you should avoid. File-sharing sites that host software, music and movies for people to illegally download are a hotbed of viruses and phishing scams. Make sure you are running an updated virus protection program. It is like insurance for your computer: You may not need it all the time, but when you do, you'll be glad you have it.

Apple offers security updates through their software update program and Microsoft offers their own security suite called Security Essentials.

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