AARP Protecting Yourself Online For Dummies by Nancy C. Muir, Ryan C. Williams

By Nancy C. Muir, Ryan C. Williams

Protect your privateness and use the net safely!

Don’t permit information approximately web dangers deter you from taking complete benefit of its merits! the net is such an grand and resource for connecting with family and friends, procuring, banking, catching up on present occasions, and getting assist in a myriad of how. permit AARP’s Protecting your self on-line For Dummies arm you with the knowledge you should utilize the web with self belief. You’ll learn:

  • How and why dangers can occur
  • Steps to guard your self from id robbery, fraud, and electronic mail scams
  • Expert suggestions for developing powerful passwords and storing them safely
  • Information you must continue your on-line banking and procuring bills safe
  •  By interpreting this consultant and following a couple of safeguard precautions, you'll be convinced and safe as you get pleasure from a...

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    Often the disclaimer is overlooked or misunderstood. The idea is to get you to pay for something you didn’t order. Sometimes the scam is used to solicit credit card information. Don’t respond to invoices that don’t have phone numbers on them. If you didn’t order what’s stated in the invoice, simply ignore it. Phony investments In the phony brokerage-firm scam, the thieves set up a website using the name of an actual brokerage firm, but they use a different address. Then they craft and send a spam e-mail.

    Com, you create an account with a password, too. The account remembers what kinds of news you’re interested in reading. After you use the web for a while, you pile up a heap of usernames and passwords. And widespread use of smartphones and tablets means that passwords are even more ubiquitous. Many apps require login, either for security or for data syncing. Even your device itself may require a PIN, password, or some identifying action to gain access. When a web page asks for a username and password, your browser may pop up a little window that offers to remember the username and password you enter, or the question may appear just above the top edge of the web page.

    You may forego some of the convenience of browsing the web, but you gain a measure of privacy. Different browsers name the feature differently: Chrome calls it Incognito Mode, Internet Explorer calls it In-Private Browsing, Firefox calls it Stealth Mode, and Safari calls it Private Browsing. All browsers have the feature accessible easily via their main menu (the Safari menu in that browser). Don’t give out personal information, including your e-mail address. Even if you’re trying to win a fabulous prize, be aware that the company running the contest wants your personal information to better track and market to you.

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