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Internet Safety from ADT

The Internet is essentially all around us. It has gone from a resource for quick information to a tool that runs so much of the technologies that we depend on for everyday activities. Great strides have gone into browser tools that keep users safe from risks such as malware, but a lot of the safety is dependent on the browsing habits of users such as yourself.

Take these tips into account as you do your daily browsing, and make sure to communicate these pointers to your own children so that everyone maintains their safety while on the web.

1. If the site looks questionable, listen to your gut

This may not sound like really helpful advice, but it's something important to think about. You know that sites such as Google, Amazon or Facebook are made by large companies with respected engineers, and thus carry little risk of hosting harmful viruses and more.

If you run into a site that is riddled with questionable grammar in its content, looks cheaply made, and is especially asking you to enter your information or download files, make it a point to leave immediately.

2. Make your passwords stronger than they are

If you think the passwords that you have for your multiple accounts are strong enough, that's a dangerous assumption to make. Your passwords should not be readable as a word or phrase by an human being, but rather, a mixture of letters and numbers that bear no reasonable meaning. The harder it is to remember, the more secure your password likely is. Keep your passwords on a handwritten tablet for future reference and extra security.

3. Don't use the same passwords for everything

You've probably been told this before, but it's still a big problem. Many of us would like to make things easier and just use one password for all of our accounts, but this is asking for some serious problems. If a hacker gets hold of any of your online accounts, there's not telling what else he or she might have. Keep your passwords as varied as possible.

4. If you don't need to provide information, don't!

A lot of online forms that ask for your information to set up an account will have fields that are required, and others that don't. If you don't have to give certain pieces of information, it is best not to.

5. Don't let others know where you are going

Location services provided by sites such as Facebook and Foursquare are popular among people of all ages. But one thing people tend to not consider is how vulnerable you're not only making yourself, but also your home.

Posting about a trip you're taking to Barcelona tells a potential burglar that you won't be home for a while. It is best to post about your travels when you have already returned.



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