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STAY SAFE SUMMARIES By: Brooke Lane Computer Viruses: There are many bad things about computer viruses, for one they can infect your computer. The way that your computer gets infected is usually from opening an email that has a virus attached to it. Many viruses will wait until your computer gets an update before they “come alive” and destroy important information. Passwords: Passwords are super important because without a password someone can just log in to your account and look and a whole bunch of personal information. When choosing a password think of something easy to remember but hard for most to people to guess. Follow 6 simple rules to making a password and you will never have to worry about losing personal information. Safety Tips For Parents: Parents can help their kids stay safe online by setting boundaries, they can also block certain websites that adults might go on to sexually harass young teenagers and kids. Parents may need help learning about technology, so if you can help them do so, as a kid you want your parents to know how to use technology. Smart Shopping At A Glance: Online shopping is a very popular thing, make sure you know what you are buying and how much this item is REALLY going to cost. You need to know a few things before you online shop, you also need to know which websites to trust to buy online from. You might also consider looking for discounts and you want to check how much things cost to ship. Secure Transactions: Before you make an orders off of Amazon for instance you want to make sure that of a few website things, including; a phone number shown, a return policy, and an address for where the company building is. Even though information is encrypted when it is transmitted from one device to another hackers will still try to uncode the information and steal whatever the information was. Ten Tips for Smart and Safe Shopping: Always make sure that you have a good internet connection when shopping online, make sure that whatever store you are buying for you have bought from before and know you can trust. If you are a bargain shopper you might also consider looking for discounts and coupons. Don’t Get Caught Up in Phish Trap: Phishing is when an email is sent to you and it looks like it’s coming from a real website, for example PayPal. If you get an email from PayPal saying that you need to change your account information don’t do it because someone is trying to steal your personal information.

I Spy: If your computer starts running really slow, and ads start popping up than your computer is being spied on. You want to immediately get anti spy software that can destroy the spy software that is on your computer. Security Tips: There are many things you can do to protect your computer from getting a virus. A few things you can do are installing a firewall, checking an email with anti virus software, you can back up your date and make sure you log of your computer at the end of the day so that someone can’t download a virus right from your computer. Using a Public PC: When you use a public company or airport computer you might want to consider not going onto a bank account or a document that has a lot of your personal information. It may just be easier to bring your own laptop with you. People might be able to find your personal information that you have searched on the public computer. Online Privacy: When you’re online you can protect your personal information by not giving out your name and address to other websites, once they get that information there are many things they can do. Most of the time Hackers don’t go after an individual person, most of the time they go after companies. Top Ten Privacy Tips: Some of the tips that can help you keep your privacy are: When you send data to another receiver try to encrypt the information, you want to ignore spam pictures or emails sent to you, make sure you have good security on your computer and try to clear all of the old information and emails that might be building up on your desktop. BackUp your Data: Most people don’t backup their information, than think it’s enough just to save it to the computer. Even though it may seem hard you can store information online by uploading them to a remote server, I would suggest SkyDrive. Bidder Beware: If you buy things off of auction sites like e-bay you might be committing fraud. The way to get the best for your money if by researching the product before buying it, setting a limit on how much money you will bid on a certain item, checking the coast of the item on other websites, and watching if the shipping price changes while you are shopping.


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Don’t post any pictures or videos with captions that are in all capital letters, not just because it looks like you're shouting but because it’s difficult for others to read.


The way you produce sound from your mouth can be interpreted incorrectly, some people could reach differently than how you thought they should have. This is all fixed by using some emoticons to help express what you are saying when talking to someone.


Make sure you are trying to help others with reading, some people don’t like having to read long paragraphs on a computer screen so you could make the font bigger to make it easier for them.


Use abbreviations to shorten the length of the text or email you are sending. For example use GTG as got to go as a shorten version.


Be careful about what you write as a caption, sometimes others will spread the information you posted and it will eventually come back to you years later and it can be horrendous.


Be careful with what you post because others will comment on a post you have made and it can be very rude, once this person has commented they might start a flame war. A flame war is when you unintentionally offend someone, it can either be in a comment or just the post itself.


Make sure that what you are talking about or typing online is about the subject you are talking about or typing about. If the subject changes than you have to change you information to match the subject.


Whatever you send or comment you need to make sure you make interesting and on topic so that others stay interested and don’t just delete it.


Before asking others about a question check a document with FAQ’s or a Frequently Asked Questions because you might just find the answer to your question there.


When sending an email or text pretend you’re talking to someone in person because anything you send on an email or text that is deleted really is going to be permanently deleted.Think before you send a text or email.

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