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is encouraging news on the horizon for those in the professional security
field. A recently published survey by NCSA and APWG confirms a shift in
attitude towards online security. Not only are people taking it seriously, but
they also view it as their personal responsibility and welcome the opportunity
to learn more. Below are a few key statistics from the survey.
percent of Americans feel a personal responsibility to be safer and more secure
percent believe their online actions can protect not only friends and family
but also help to make the Web safer for everyone around the world.
percent believe that much of the online safety and security falls under their
own personal control, and consistent with those feelings, 90 percent said they
want to learn more about keeping safer on the Internet.
it easier to educate those 90 percent, here’s our overview on how to safely
search the Internet.
could possibly go wrong when searching online with a popular search engine? As
with everything if you do it absent-mindedly and click on the first item that
comes up you might end up with more than just the answer to your search, you
might end up with an infected computer.
should be able to answer yes to each of the questions below if not then don’t
click on the link.
- Is the text that shows up in the preview for the page grammatically correct?
- Is the domain a name that you recognize?
- Does the domain of the link end with a country tag that has a history of NOT being associated with malware?For
the complete list of country abbreviations you can source on Wikipedia.
the domain name and the text describing the page seem logical?
don’t click on a link just because it piques your interest because it seems
such a random response to your search.
- Simple one or two word searches give you the broadest results.
- Use common terms for example instead of my head hurts use headache.
- Use quotation marks around your search for an exact search. For example searching for “Samuel Clemmens” will not include results for Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark Twain.
best and easiest advice to give is limit your searching to trusted sites, not
search engines. If you always get your news from three places, go to those
places first when looking for news. If you usually rely on Wikipedia for your
facts, go to Wikipedia and search there. Find some safe zones that you know and
trust and stick to them. It’s when you stray and explore that you can get lost.