Never send chain letters through the Internet. Sending
them can cause the loss of your Internet Access.
Never assume that your E-mail can be read by no one except
yourself; others may be able to read or access your mail. Never send or
keep anything that you would mind seeing on the evening news.
Be professional and careful what you say about others.
Email is easily forwarded.
If you're doing business online with your credit cards
always make sure the Web site is using a secure server to encrypt the
transaction. This is an important level of security that will scramble your
personal info as it travels around the Net, making it much harder for
eavesdropping hackers to pilfer your credit card number. You can tell you are on
a secure Web page if the url begins "https"instead of "http,"and you will have a
closed padlock icon in the bottom of your browser window.
You should always be aware of basic privacy issues in all
your online dealings. To protect yourself, be very cautious of revealing
personal information to people you don't really know. Be wary of people you meet
in chatrooms who start asking you too many personal details, especially any
details that relate to your personal finances.
Be aware that people are not always who they say they are
online. That "23 year old single female," may not be 23 or female. If you are
going to physically meet someone you've only known online, set up the meeting
for a safe public place, and bring along a friend just in case the situation
turns out to be not what you expected.