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Safe Social Networking

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Do you act correctly when using social networks?

Phishing attacks have found a new favourite target – social networks. SPAM and phishing strikes on social networks have increased. There are lots of bogus/bad apps that attempt identity theft and try to infect PCs. How? By prompting a malicious download, leading you to a fake website or asking to participate in a survey in order to steal your data.

In the beginning, social networks were about knowing and connecting with people. Nowadays they are all about how the public perceives you; so you should be careful how you use social networks, as they can destroy reputations and trash relationships!

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But if you adopt a common sense approach and take care using the sites and their settings, you can enjoy the best of the social network experience.

Do be selective when adding 'friends' (do you actually know and trust them?), when joining groups/liking things (how will this look on your profile?) and when using an app (most of them access your personal details and friends list and will use it). Apps can be as damaging as bad software on PCs. Don't publish identifying info like address, phone number, birthday (if so, only without year), your location, etc.. Your profile picture is visible to everybody, so make sure it is professional or neutral.
Do know the privacy settings and review them regularly. Be aware that you can give selected rights to different people/groups of people (e.g. for photos, status updates, etc.). Set your standard settings to restrict access for most people/groups and only open it to a larger group if needed. Don't use inappropriate languages, don't post wrong or unconfirmed info, don't write negative posts or nasty comments (especially about your employer, school, etc.) and don't drink and post (you might wake up to more than just a hangover!), Just don't write things you wouldn't say in real life!
Do stop and think before you click. Impulse clicking on an interesting video or link without thinking of the possible consequences may get you into trouble. The latest scams don't even require app installation or reposting to infect your PC with malware. Never click on links just because you know know the sender and always double-check URLs before you click them: for instance does it looks strange or include instructions to SPAM your friend list with something like "userwantedtoinvitefriends-automated". Don't give any app additional permissions on Facebook before verifying it - especially those promising something for free/to win something. Lots of them automatically spam your friends' wall – which will not make you popular – and worse, can collect your personal data so it can be sold on to disreputable people. Remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Choose sensible, strong, hard-to-guess passwords and change it regularly. Use at least 8 characters with a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. Or use an abbreviation of a sentence, like "I like my 1st Monday morning coffee!" to be "Ilm1Mmc!". Oh, and yes: never share your password with friends, not even with your closest ones! Don't make your online presence all about you and don't hammer friends with updates. Don't upload personal or inappropriate pictures, even if your privacy settings are tight. Don't forget, whatever you put online is there forever!
Be sure to visit social networks only from fully protected computers or devices and never leave your PC unattended, whilst you are logged in to a network. Kids have been known to post some strange things on their parents' social network pages! . Also, switch on Facebook SSL/HTTPS for encrypted usage (account settings/account security). Don't mix wall posts and personal messages. Sensitive info or detailed conversations shouldn't be shared on the wall, but only via personal message or chat. Also, make sure that you don't "reply to all", if not absolutely needed.
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Check out the video: Do and Don`ts when using social networks

Safe Online Shopping

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Do you act correctly when shopping online?

With online shopping, you can enjoy enormous choice – without the stress of driving, parking or queuing! But you should shop with care. There are risks associated with providing financial information, such as credit card details, when online.

If you follow these basic recommendations, you can enjoy a safe online shopping experience:

Do buy from websites that are encrypted (look for "https://" and a locked padlock symbol) Don't buy from websites that are not certified for safety (e.g. by McAfee® SECURE)
Do check the website's policies and customer reviews before you order Don't buy from a public PC or through an unsecured, free wireless connection
Do pay by credit card or an online payment service like Paypal Don't pay with debit card, cash or electronic transfer
Do check your purchase on delivery, and your credit card statements Don't buy from spam emails or websites you don't completely trust
Click here for a detailed description of the Do's and Don'ts.
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McAfee Family Protection

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Kids online – are they safe?

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