Much of our vulnerability to malware and identity theft begins with the choices we make when using our computers to travel the Internet and even managing our email. We make choices when we visit websites, when we backup our computers, when we open our email, and when we click on links. Choices that might well get our computers infected with malware, our bank accounts cleaned out, our identity stolen and our credit ruined. Most of the malware that wreaks this havoc depends on computer users’ curiosity, ignorance of vulnerabilities, and lack of discipline, to infect computers and commit their damage.
So, what is this security tip? And why is it free and available? It’s your attitude while using your computer. Let me repeat that…It’s your attitude. You need to have an attitude that causes you to be distrustful of every email you don’t know who it’s from and/or didn’t expect to receive. This attitude causes you to distrust every link offered to you. This attitude causes you to have a healthy paranoia of being infected with malware and worse if you’re not very, very careful.
That’s easier said than done for most people because most people are inherently nice, curious, trusting and friendly…not the best attributes for staying safe. So, here’s where the security mask comes in.
Most people can “act” like they have the necessary attitude. Think of having a security mask that transforms you to have the attitude whenever you mentally put it on. Picture the mask having a furrowed brow, distrustful eyes, a nose for sniffing out trouble, and a mouth with a sinister smirk. Then you can act like a person who’s distrustful, and paranoid…perfect for making better decisions about clicking on links and visiting questionable websites. Oh, and the security mask helps you to trust your intuition, your gut feelings about potential danger.
It make take some practice, but armed with an attitude via your security mask and the knowledge that your decisions are part of the problem, you’ll improve your computer and Internet safety very quickly. See the following articles for additional information on safe use of the Internet:
Educate yourself on Internet security best practices by reading the above articles, and then design your mask in your head, empower it to give you the attitude you need, and by all means use it to make yourself a safer computer user. Put your security mask on.
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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