Join Tom Tobiassen for an in-depth discussion in this video Software and website issues, part of Cybersecurity Awareness: Safer Digital Communications.
- [Instructor] Be mindful when installing programs or agreeing to terms. When you sign up for newsletters, install programs, or agree to anything, read the fine print. If you do not want to receive junk mail, or get put on a telemarketer's list, look at the small box near the bottom of the page that asks you if you want to receive information and offers from other companies. The best sites will have a statement listed that they will not sell your name to other companies, although they may still send you emails themselves.
Quite frequently, some adware downloads install packages, malicious advertising that has the power to provide inexperienced users with loads of junkware. One example is Oracle's Java online installer bundled with the installation of the Ask Toolbar in its express install mode. To stop such an action that aims to promote popups, one should use proactive approaches to keep all the other popups generating adware off their computer.
When installing free apps, be sure to perform a clean or custom install and uncheck all of the optional offers during the install. Many of these websites can put adware on your computer that tracks your movements and browser habits. Use caution when you come upon these kinds of websites. Some sites require you to give all of your information to get the product. Only fill in the required fields that are marked with the asterisk.
If the info box does not have an asterisk, it is optional and you can leave it blank. Don't give your full name and address or phone number to anyone online that you don't trust or know. This is especially important in chat rooms, when negotiating jobs or deals, or making plans through meet up sites. Be careful when making friends on the internet. Many great friendships can be cultivated through social media, but there are many people who pretend to be someone they are not.
Practice caution when dating online. Use only your first name and never give out specific personal details, no matter how great the other person seems to be. Don't give money to people when you meet 'em online. When you finally decide to meet, always meet in a busy public place, like a restaurant or a coffee shop. Let other people know where you're going and never let them pick you up or go back to their place. Giving personal details to strangers not only compromises your accounts and identity, but your physical safety as well.
While most people on the internet may be benign and friendly, you have to be aware of the possibility of people using chat rooms, social media, and other websites to collect information that could lead to physical harm at your place of employment or at home. Always check the legitimacy of websites when you shop. If the site has a horrible design or popups, it might not be legitimate. Beware of sites that don't allow you to pay through things like PayPal or with a credit card.
When shopping on sites like Craigslist, practice caution. You never need to give out your Social Security number to make a simple purchase, so don't do it. If a website seems to be asking for more information than normal, leave immediately and don't look back.
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