Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tips for Smart Surfing

By Shweta Verma, India Syndicate, 01/02/2011
The Internet has created an information revolution of sorts - keeping us updated with the latest news and happenings, providing access to useful information on any subject, supporting research or just helping us stay in touch with people. All that and more just at the click of a button. However, easy access to information has also created certain risks that we need to be aware of. So as we enjoy the benefits of browsing on the Net, let's be a little more careful in our approach. Here are some tips you can use for a smart surfing experience:
  • Don't give out too much information: Keep your private information private. Don't give too many details on sites asking you to fill up registration forms or emails phishing for confidential data. Information like your home address, phone number, details of family members, passwords or credit card numbers are a strict 'no-no'.
  • Check accuracy and validity of data: While the Internet presents an infinite library of knowledge, it is important to check the accuracy and validity of information that you use. A good idea would be to take information only from credible sources and websites of well-known companies.
  • Don't click on dubious links: Avoid clicking any site or links that raise any doubts. Even if you don't fill in all your details, these links have a way of connecting your computers with hackers or viruses that can pose serious dangers.
  • Delete unknown mails and attachments: If you don't recognize the sender or file that has to be downloaded, don't even take the trouble of opening it. The best is to just delete them without clicking on any links.
    Create your own knowledge repository: As you surf the Internet on a regular basis, you will be able to identify the sites that provide good information on every subject. So, go ahead and create your own repository of reliable sites that you can visit if you need info on a particular topic.
  • Don't get too involved in virtual relationships: While you may enjoy going to chat rooms and talking to people, it is best not to get emotionally involved. Offering personal details or meeting such people face-to-face has more risks than you can think of. Try to use different screen names while chatting so that you can easily exit if the situation gets uncomfortable.
  • Keep your systems secure: Invest in protective software and remember to keep it regularly updated. Even security features offered by browsers like the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE9) can help protect you against harmful viruses and spyware.
    With just a bit of caution and sense, you can unleash the tremendous power of the Internet. You can even create your own list of Do's and Don'ts to get maximum benefits from the Net. So, are you ready with 'your' list for smart surfing?
    Source: India Syndicate
    Tips for Smart Surfing
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