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.
know that the internet is filled with inaccurate information
investigate the person’s or company’s affiliations and credentials
check references and sources on any facts
see when the item was posted or last updated
confirm any web information through a separate reliable source
don’t allow children to use the internet without supervision
monitor where your children spend time on the internet
be aware that child molesters use internet to gain kids’ confidence
warn your child not to give out personal information on the web
don’t let them meet with anyone they met on the web
use internet blocking programs to stop adult content
never give your password to anyone for any reason
be cautious about giving out personal information
make your password hard to guess
change your password regularly
use a mix of numbers and letters in your password
protect your computer with a firewall and virus software
don’t open any e-mail attachments from people you don’t know
visit www.internic.net to see who owns the site
check out web companies with the Better Business Bureau
don’t give out credit card number unless site is secure
secure site will have “lock” symbol at bottom of page
don’t give personal info unless a reputable company
look for the company’s return policy before ordering
file any complaints with the Better Business BureauClick here for reuse options!
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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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