Safe Surfing

The Internet is a vast world of new information, content and friends. However, the Internet also has many dangers. Here are some general recommendations to help you protect yourself, your computer and your personal information while browsing the web.

  1. Be suspicions. If someone offers you social networking or chats with you over the web, it does not mean he or she is a friend. Be careful about the information you provide and the level of exposure you allow. It is recommended that you do not include your family name, address, telephone number, reserve unit name or any other personal information in your virtual profile.
  2. Use strong passwords. A password consisting of your name, date of birth, or telephone number is too simple a password. Be sure to create passwords that consist of letters and numbers that are not consecutive characters. If possible, also include special characters (such as $ or *) in the password of your choice.
  3. Keep passwords in safe places. Never give out passwords by email. Do not keep a note glued to a computer screen, keyboard bottom in a  file that includes all passwords on your computer or mobile phone. These places are known to hackers and are the first places where they look for them.
  4. Be careful not to open an email from someone you do not know. These messages may be part of spyware and phishing scams. A link should only be clicked on in emails you trust.
  5. Take care when opening files that you receive or attachments to
     Distributing infected files is the main source of virus infection. Received files must be scanned before opening, using antivirus software.
  6. Use reliable and up-to-date antivirus software. If you decide to purchase antivirus software, do so from a recognized and trusted source. Use firewall software, pop-up blocker, and be sure to install all the updates for the operating system and the browser that you use.
  7. There are no gifts online. Do not install anything offered in a pop-up window. This is usually a spyware designed to steal details like passwords, credit card information, personal information and more.
  8. Be careful browsing dubious and unfamiliar sites. Browsing these sites exposes your computer to various viruses and spyware.
  9. Online transactions should only be made on secure and trusted sites. If the site is unfamiliar, be careful not to include personal or sensitive information. Do not  be tempted to give your credit card number online. Pay attention to online shopping sites: If the page is not secure (i.e. the URL of the site is not HTTPS but HTTP), do not make purchases there.

Be careful about uploading personal/private information to social sites. Uploaded information is open to all and cannot be removed.