Internet Safety

Personal Information

Signs of Online Scams:

    Educate your friends and family who love to use the Internet. They can still be too busy checking their emails or MySpace pages to know these signs.

  1. Too much marketing terms Home business opportunity: No experience required. No work involved. Earn $2000 in one week! It’s easy to spot these kinds of scams because they’re full of too good to be true promises. And, exclamation points, too.
  2. Too friendly email I mean the intro part of the email. If an email from someone you don’t know starts with “Hello my friend”, “Dear friend”, and they weren’t filtered by your spam box, consider these emails not so trustworthy.
  3. Money Matters It promises that you can make money online. But you have to pay that upfront, one-time fee first for some training materials. Shady!
  4. Assembled Jobs If a home based business opportunity requires you to assemble furniture or stuff envelops, these are generic but often overlooked signs of a true blue scam.
  5. Country Representative Job Offer Coupled with sign no. 2, if an email offers you a job as a payment receiver requiring you to deposit a check on their behalf or anything similar to that job description, you’re doomed if you reply.
  6. Job Offer that Requires Your Picture to Get Hired Unless you are applying as a model, which is not a form of online money making venture, someone who’s looking for, say, a virtual assistant and asks that she sends a picture is offering something suspicious.
  7. Employer has no online presence. If you are trying to win an online job but when you researched about the online presence of your would-be employer and there’s no trace of his name or his company, ask your employer about his company or his business first.
  8. Presence of Pressure Tactics. If the online business opportunity tells you that you will get a chance to win a anti-scam book if you sign up now or you can avail of an early bird discount, walk! Unless they’re coaching or consultancy services which are not direct ways to earn money online, you should not be subjected to these kinds of pressuring if the opportunity will really make you money.
  9. Request from Employer or Sponsor that You Keep the Offer a Secret Coupled with scam sign no. 2 and 5, if the email sender asks you to keep your transactions confidential just for any reason at all, red flag, red flag, red flag! They don’t want you to inform others that you are about to get scammed, of course.

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Steps to Keeping Your Identity Safe Online

  1. Install file-sharing software carefully, taking special note of default settings and permissions placed on shared folders
  2. Use security software and make sure you keep it up-to-date. You can set most anti-virus and anti-spyware protection programs to update automatically and regularly
  3. Be sure to close your connections when you are done with a file-sharing session. Closing the window doesn't automatically close the connection, which could leave your computer's information vulnerable.
  4. Maintain backups of all important documents. This will ensure your information is maintained for your personal use should you need to delete it from your computer or any file.
  5. Talk with your family about safe file-sharing practices, and create separate user accounts for others who may use your computer. By separating accounts you can prevent others from installing software on your computer that may expose your information.
  6. Before providing personal information to your doctor, attorney, insurance company, employer or anyone else make sure to ask for details on how they will keep this data secure.

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