The internet is a public place. Don’t be fooled into thinking you are completely anonymous.

  • Before you install any program or browse any website, harden your system to mitigate internet attacks.
  • Software creators often implement an ability to “phone home.” Most of the time this ability is a version checking system for updates. Other times, they have the ability to view other information they like.
  • There are many websites that contain material that is deliberately illegal, offensive, or both. Be careful which sites you go to when you’re browsing.
  • Random software downloaded from email attachments, attack sites, or through peer-to-peer networks should never be run or even downloaded in the first place. More specifically, do not run executable files downloaded from any unreliable source.
  • Do not install software, like browser toolbars, that promises to “enhance” your browsing experience. This software is a surefire way to have your browsing history collected and sold. Furthermore, this software can slow down or place unwanted spyware or adware on your machine.
  • Playing or viewing documents or media from unknown or unreliable sources could be dangerous.
  • Many people bask in the anonymity of the internet through online handles and such but be warned, the internet is not 100% anonymous. Anytime you connect to any other system, your IP can be logged. Additionally, there are ways to determine browsing history, along with other personally identifiable information.
  • The internet is a public place. Your behavior and actions should match that of what you would do in a physical public environment. Furthermore, unless you message someone privately, the information you post can be accessed by anyone. Even if you remove some information, the information you took down will never truly disappear. This is especially true for social media.
  • Be wary of scams. Be skeptical and use discretion when you do operate online. Take steps to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

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