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Browse safely

Created on Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:06
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 15:09
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Browse safely

How to Browse safely

  • When visiting a website, type the address directly into the browser rather than following a link
  • Only provide personal information on sites that have “https” in the web address or have a lock icon at bottom of the browser
  • Use your instincts and common sense.
  • Be careful around free, on-line deals.
  • Check for presence of an address, phone number and/or email contact
  • Check that the website’s address seems to be genuine by looking for misspellings, extra words or characters
  • If there is NO padlock in the browser window or ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address to signify that it is using a secure link, do not enter personal information on the site.
  • Websites which request more personal information than you would normally expect to give, such as user name, password or other security details IN FULL, are probably malicious.
  • Avoid ‘pharming’ by checking the address in your browser’s address bar after you arrive at a website to make sure it matches the address you typed. This will avoid ending up at a fake site even though you entered the address for the authentic one – for example ‘eebay’ instead of ‘ebay.
  • Be wary of websites which promote schemes that involve the recruitment of others, receiving money for other people or advance payments.
  • Be wary of websites that are advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers