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The Internet gives you easy access to information, entertainment, financial offers and countless other services. The flip-side, however, is that it can leave you vulnerable to online scammers, identity thieves, and criminals. To guard against Internet fraud, follow the tips below:
Know your seller. If you don't, do some research.
Protect your personal information. Don't provide it in response to an e-mail, a pop-up, or a website you've linked to from an e-mail or web page.
Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online. Report suspected fraud to your bank, credit card company or relevant authority.
The FTC provides tips to help secure your computer, guard against Internet fraud, and protect your personal information. Visit OnGuardOnline for more information. To keep up to date with the latest computer threats, signup for alerts from the Department of Homeland Security.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, craigslist, and others continue to gain popularity. These sites make it easy to re-connect, stay in touch, and even do business. But recent reports involving privacy concerns and crimes should make you more careful about the information they share. Some tips to consider to protect your privacy and safety include:
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If you’ve ever received a “security alert” stating that malicious software was found on your computer it may have been scareware. These messages will persuade you that your computer is infected with a virus that you can only eliminate by purchasing and installing specific software. Don’t follow that advice; shut down your browser without clicking in the message. If you believe that your computer is infected, you should run a scan using a known anti-virus software. For more information about scareware and protecting your computer, visit Onguard Online.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: May 16, 2013