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Simple but Effective Tips for Safe Browsing

This is a Guest post by Rajesh from Innovations Bliss where he blogs about Tips and tricks on Blogger, Windows, PC, Office 2007.

Hello, everyone! I am very excited to be posting this on Nirmal’s blog. This is about things that we need to keep in mind, whenever we browse the internet. These tips will help you keep your data and PC safe and secure.

Whenever we think of securing or protecting our computer/PC,we think only about virus protection softwares, spywares, adwares, malwares and so on. But there are certain basic preventive steps that we can take to protect our data and PC. These are some simple guidelines that we forget, whenever we get carried away.

Why should we remember these?

Let me tell you a story here. I was putting together a small personal Web site for fun. In the process of doing that, I decided that it would be great to have a small sound effect, to play, whenever a person ran their mouse over one of my images. Well, being a technical person, I knew that this would be simple enough. All i need to do is search the web for the most brilliant sounds, that I can make use. I did find one, but the whole idea turned out to be bad. I realized this only after I downloaded the sound and started playing it. My computer froze within seconds. Well, i had no other option, than restarting my computer back up in Safe Mode. I then ran a virus scan and yes, as I suspected, it found three viruses on my system. That was bad.

If I hadn’t downloaded that sound, this would never have happened. The sound file I downloaded was not from a site, I had ever been to before. It was free and the file size seemed awfully large for a two second audio clip. Given all of this, I still downloaded the file. Why? Because I really wanted that sound, I guess. Being technical, quite often puts me off from the risks associated with a software. Yes, this is a natural human tendency, whenever we get too excited.

So I would even recommend having these simple guidelines, pasted as a sticky note on your desktop.

So what you should be doing as a person sitting behind the
keyboard?

  • Don’t download items from Web sites you do not trust.
  • Don’t install things you do not recognize.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Ninety-nine percent of viruses cannot harm you, without you clicking OK at some point.

If you follow the above simple tips, I bet that you will save yourself many, many headaches in the future. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Innovations & interesting Ramblings

    November 20, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Trust is something that you develop over a period of time…in real world, do you buy from or deal with strangers that you never knew or never trusted…the world of internet is not any different..it has so many things that are good as well as bad…so do not buy from or deal with sites until you establish that the site is trustworthy…

    and never download and install any program unless you find real need for it and you didn’t have any other alternative…but even then do always analyze the program/software/product thoroughly,establish the reliability and trust before you download and install…thanks nirmal for posting this…

  2. MJ

    November 20, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Being a ‘technical person’ as you boast, you commit the basic blunder, which is to download unreliable and non trust worthy content and then pay through the nose. What is ‘technical’ in this Rajesh?

  3. Innovations & interesting Ramblings

    November 20, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Yep i commited the blunder because I was carried away…and I was more focussed on getting a great sound…It happens …and it happended to me…unless you control your urge…

    But I am definitely not boasting that I am a technical person…There is nothing so special about being technical…it is just my profession…

  4. nirmaltv

    November 20, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    It happens sometimes when you are too much involved in some area in the internet, you tend to get carried away. 🙂

  5. Innovations & Interesting Ramblings

    November 20, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Hey Nirmal, r u back? How was your marriage?

  6. Madhur Kapoor

    November 20, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Even i have made such mistakes in the past. but now i am more careful.

  7. nirmaltv

    November 21, 2007 at 10:45 am

    @Rajesh,
    Yea, I’m back to blogging, marriage was fine. 🙂

  8. Haris

    November 21, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Same here! I used to make these mistakes before, but not now 🙂 Infact, this post is actually for young users, who have just started using the Internet.

  9. Silki Garg

    November 21, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    being cautious on the web, is the first priority. No doubt about that.

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