How to protect yourself: Make sure your computer security is activated whenever you're online. Check to see if your software has been updated recently (within the past 2 days or so). If it's not, verify its automatic updating feature is enabled and that your subscription has not expired. TRY TO AVOID USING FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARES, AS THESE WILL ONLY PROVIDE A BASIC LEVEL OF PROTECTION.
How to protect yourself: Access a financial account only by using your existing browser bookmark or by typing in the institution's web address.
How to protect yourself: Create different passwords for your various accounts. To make the process less cumbersome, consider using variations on one password. Experts advise that the well-crafted password uses a combination of at least eight letters, numbers or punctuation symbols.
How to protect yourself: Download freeware only from reputable sites (such as cnet.com and zdnet.com). Let your kids know the risks of downloading free software. (Virus, Spyware, Identity Theft, Stolen Passwords, etc).
How to protect yourself: Mac users may want to consider using a browser with phishing protection, such as the latest version of Firefox or Opera.
How to protect yourself: To close a pop-up, carefully click on the X on the upper right or left corner, not inside the window. To avoid pop-ups altogether, enable your browser's pop-up blocker or use a free add-on blocker such as Google Toolbar.
How to protect yourself: Designate a separate credit card just for your Internet shopping so you can keep track of purchases more easily. Look for sites that display ''https'' before their address when you're entering sensitive information and those displaying certification symbols from TRUSTe and other organizations. When in doubt, ask your credit card company about getting a virtual account number that's good for only one purchase from a specific vendor.
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