When browsing the internet, it is good to practice safe browsing. Here are some steps to help safeguard against those who will do evil with sensitive information.
- Do not give full names out to unkown or untrusted people.
- Do not give credit card numbers out unless the person or organization that is getting the information is trusted.
- Do not give out social security numbers. Be very careful what information is given out in chat rooms and e-mails. Do not give phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers or any other sensitive information out.
- Be wary of people met online. Do not beleve everything they say.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- If you're logging into a web page that requires a user name and password or any other sensitive information, make sure that web pages is the right page. For exapmle if the link to PayPal looks like www.paypa1.com (notice the "1" [one] instead of the "l" [letter L]) you'd know it's a bad link because it's not www.paypal.com, the legitimate site. In many cases false pages are crafted to look exactly like the legitimate ones. This is a common scam. Many times the links will come in your e-mail with a message threatening that the account will be shut down, or something of that nature. Be wary of such links in e-mail.