Monday, September 14, 2009

Manic Monday...

Beware the public computer. Whether it is in a public library, Or a local coffee house, internet cafe or government kiosk. It's like having unprotected sex with a paid professional. You never know what the last guy left behind. And it could be fatal to your personal finances. Treat the Internet with the same suspicion you would in any unfamiliar neighborhood. You wouldn't walk into a bar and drop your visa card on the table and leave it there when you go to the restroom. Would you?
You don't have to be a mechanic or an engineer to drive a car. But you must know the rules of the road before you hit the freeway...
Learn the rules of the road for the Information freeway. Learn to be suspicious. Don't trust everything on a computer. A good virus won't do anything to make you notice a problem. Until your bank account is empty. If you aren't sure, err on the side of caution. Look up from the keyboard and check the address window of your browser. Are you really at Amazon? or your favorite on-line retailer? Check before you enter your credit info. NOT, JUST AFTER.
You wouldn't run into a BIKER-BAR and shout "HARLEY RIDERS SUCK" (you won't do it twice). So why would you visit internet sites without a back-up buddy. Get a virus scanner.
A great free one is AVG. This site and software are malware and virus free.
And it is free for home use. And cheap if you want deluxe versions.
THIS IS AN UNPAID Recommendation.


Edie said...

My grand-daughter used the word "suck" last week. She won't be using it again. :) (She got a grandma talk.)

You, my friend, are a Puddleglum. I mean that in the nicest way. :)

This is all very good info. I am very cautious and have still fallen prey to an attempt at identity theft, and giving cc info due to a redirect. Fortunately I realized immediately after and was able to prevent damage.

Being a malware victim is how I learned about AVG.

Keep teaching, we'll keep learning.

KrippledWarrior said...

Sorry for the sailor speak. But no other vernacular had the same impact.
I must say that is the first time anyone has called me a Puddleglum. But, since I had to look it up, all is well betwixt us.
I enjoy a mental challenge.

Blasé said...

..we're running ours right now.

Run Updates often and Full Scan

SusanD said...

Excellent advise! After some hard lessons, we run AVG.

I nearly spit my tea out at the screen when I read the comment about running into a biker bar and shouting. HAHAHA!

Blessings, SusanD

Heart2Heart said...


Great lessons especially for those that use computers at the library. It is also great advice for anyone using their personal laptops at the malls and coffee shops. You never can tell just who is reading over your shoulder and behind your back.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

My ADHD Me said...

I always learn something new here....hey didn't I just write that as one of my last comments...

Gigi said...

Another good one to use (and it's free) is Microsoft's Defender. It has sped up my computer amazingly. My IT department at work told me about it (never heard of it before) (hey, what's an IT department before if they can't diagnose your personal computer??).