Protecting Your Internet Privacy

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Because you work at a computer every day, your personal information, along with company information, is always at risk.  Please take the following precautions to protect your computer at work.

Avoiding Phishing Scams

Internet phishing scams use phony email or pop-up messages as bait to hook unsuspecting Internet users—like you—into divulging personal information such as credit card numbers and account passwords to be used for identity theft. A phisher’s phony email can be very persuasive and believable. To avoid getting reeled in by a phishing scam:

  • Be extremely wary of urgent email requests for any personal or financial information (yours or a client’s); if you suspect the message is phony, do not use the links included in the email.
  • Email personal or financial information only if the site is secure (sites that start with https://).
  • Never disable our anti-virus software.

Outsmarting Spyware

Do not download any unauthorized programs or files to your computer. Free MP3 files or other programs often include software (adware) that tracks your Internet activity. While legitimate adware companies disclose the data collected, some adware can also identify your personal information, which can be sold to a third party without your knowledge. That’s considered spying and can put important company or personal information at risk.

Understanding Cookies

When you visit a Web page, a cookie is placed on your computer as a unique identifier. Cookies allow a Web server to store information on your computer and later retrieve it—like a personalized user ID.

Cookies have many useful capabilities. They allow the customization of website experiences and let e-commerce businesses track visitors, page hits and popular pages. Internet settings can be personalized for higher or lower security levels regarding cookies.

Use Common Sense

If you ever suspect that an email, website or link is not legitimate, do not click on it! It could have serious consequences if it contains a virus or spyware.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical or legal advice. © 2004-2010 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.