Safe Web Browsing Habits
Although using a firewall, maintaining an anti-virus program and installing operating system & application updates are the main ways to keep safe on the internet, it is equally important to use safe web browsing habits.
Many types of adware/spyware will enter your system simply because it was able to convince you to accept a downloaded file.
- Don't click on links in emails, especially if they are asking you do to something, such as log in to your online banking. This is a phishing attack, or it may be trying to trick you into downloading a virus or spyware.
- Don't download programs from unknown sources.
- Don't download “free” screensavers, search toolbars or other so-called entertainment programs. These are common ways of obtaining adware and spyware.