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Internet Safety


More resources

In addition to the resources provided in this handbook, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides security publications about many relevant topics:

  • Recognizing and avoiding email scams
  • Spyware
  • Virus basics

See these topics and more at the US-CERT Security Publications web site.



Although computers and online services have become a familiar and ordinary part of our work and daily life, the Internet has many perils.

  • If your computer is connected to the Internet, it is under constant attack by criminal enterprises seeking to exploit computing resources to steal information, send spam emails, distribute illicit material, or attack other computers.
  • Scam artists attempt to trick you into giving away your money, or giving away information that will let them steal your money.
  • Information you post on the Internet and records of sites you have visited can be used for targeted advertising and less savory purposes.

This chapter will help you counter threats like these by explaining how to use the Internet safely:

 

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