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Tips For Internet Safety And Security

The internet is a wonderful tool, but it’s also filled with dangers — people who want to take advantage of your kids, steal your identity, or infect your computer with a virus. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid these pitfalls — to protect yourself, your family, and your equipment.

Don’t Trust Everything You See

Checkmark-Iconknow that the internet is filled with inaccurate information

Xmark-Iconinvestigate the person’s or company’s affiliations and credentials

Checkmark-Iconcheck references and sources on any facts

Xmark-Iconsee when the item was posted or last updated

Checkmark-Iconconfirm any web information through a separate reliable source

Kids And The Internet

Xmark-Icondon’t allow children to use the internet without supervision

Checkmark-Iconmonitor where your children spend time on the internet

Xmark-Iconbe aware that child molesters use internet to gain kids’ confidence

Checkmark-Iconwarn your child not to give out personal information on the web

Xmark-Icondon’t let them meet with anyone they met on the web

Checkmark-Iconuse internet blocking programs to stop adult content

Protecting Your Interests

Xmark-Iconnever give your password to anyone for any reason

Checkmark-Iconbe cautious about giving out personal information

Xmark-Iconmake your password hard to guess

Checkmark-Iconchange your password regularly

Xmark-Iconuse a mix of numbers and letters in your password

Checkmark-Iconprotect your computer with a firewall and virus software

Xmark-Icondon’t open any e-mail attachments from people you don’t know

Shopping On The Web

Checkmark-Iconvisit www.internic.net to see who owns the site

Xmark-Iconcheck out web companies with the Better Business Bureau

Checkmark-Icondon’t give out credit card number unless site is secure

Xmark-Iconsecure site will have “lock” symbol at bottom of page

Checkmark-Icondon’t give personal info unless a reputable company

Xmark-Iconlook for the company’s return policy before ordering

Checkmark-Iconfile any complaints with the Better Business Bureau

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.

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