Lack of security knowledge.
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To keep computers safe and secure on the internet, the most important method you should master is, to get yourself educated and pass the knowledge to your children.
Educate your kids about what you visit and what you click on - Understanding how you can get infected and what to avoid when using the Internet will be the most important step in keeping your computer safe and secure. The majority of people who have infections on their machines were infected due to lack of knowledge and clicking on things that they should not.
Here’s a list of actions under this step that you should learn children to not do:
1: Do not open attachments from users that you do not know. This is one of the most effective ways for viruses to infect you. If you can’t define the user, then simply do not open the email and delete it.
2: Never open an attachment that is a .exe, .pif, .com, or .bat unless you specifically know the file is clean. The majority of these are always bad!
3: If you visit a site and a popup appears saying that your computer is unsafe, ignore it! These are gimicks that are used to make you click on the ad which then can potentially install unwanted malware.
4: When you go to a site and a popup occurs, many times they will make them look like normal Windows message boxes in order to trick you into clicking on them. Instead just close them by clicking on the X.
5: Do not visit warez sites! Not only is pirated software illegal, but it is a breeding ground for malware.
6: Do not visit crack sites! Many of the cracks include malware in them!
7: If you use P2P software, make sure you are careful about what you open. Malware is all over the P2P networks.
8: Read the license agreement for any software that you install. Many free downloads are offered with spyware and other programs that you DO NOT want on your computer. Reading the agreement may help you to spot them.
Getting your kids educated is the most effective way to keep children safe on the internet.
Information retrieved from the internet is uncensored.This means that children can be exposed to dangerous content at anytime.
Innocent word searches on many popular search engines can lead children to numerous porn sites. Examples include such words as toys, boys, teen, dogs.