How to stay safe on the web
There are all kinds of scams, viruses and other dangers out in the web. Here are simple steps you can take to protect your computer and personal information.
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Keep your software and operating system up-to-date
Software updates contain vulnerability patches that protect your computer and personal information.
- Update Firefox: Click the menu button , click Help and select .On the menu bar, click the See menu and select .Update Firefox to the latest release for details.
- Keep the Flash plugin updated (if installed): See Flash Plugin - Keep it up to date and troubleshoot problems.
- Update WindowsUpdate OS XUpdate your system: Make sure you have all of the latest security and stability fixes. Go to the menu, select and then .Go to the menu and select .Go to the menu, down to and select .
Check your Firefox settings
Firefox has many ways to help you stay safe on the web:
- How do I tell if my connection to a website is secure?
- Disable third-party cookies in Firefox to stop some types of tracking by advertisers
- Where are my logins stored?
- There are also a lot of Firefox extensions that may be helpful.
Follow best practices to protect yourself online
Here are some handy tips to protect yourself:
- Create secure passwords to keep your identity safe.
- Remember that YOU decide what information about yourself to reveal, when, why, and to whom: Don't give out personally-identifiable information too easily; set your privacy settings in your social networking account; beware of sites that offer some sort of reward or prize in exchange for your contact information or other personal details.
- Only download Firefox (and other software) from legitimate channels: Beware of scams such as fake Firefox updates. Only download Firefox from the official Mozilla website.
- Be conscious of Internet security: Never submit a credit card number or other highly sensitive personal information without first making sure your connection is secure; be on the lookout for "spyware"; use secure passwords and protect them with a master password.
- Keep a "clean" e-mail address: Use some pseudonymous or simply alternate address, and keep your main or preferred address only on small, members-only lists and with known, trusted individuals.
- Do not reply to spammers, for any reason.
- Realize you may be monitored at work: Avoid sending highly personal e-mail to mailing lists, and keep sensitive files on your home computer.
- Be conscious of home computer security: Turn off your computer when you are not using your Internet connection; secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong encryption (WPA or WPA2); use a firewall.
- Firefox's built-in Phishing and Malware Protection
- Common Myths about Firefox and Private Browsing
- Block trackers using Content Blocking in Firefox
- Separate your online life with Multi-Account Containers from Mozilla
- EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy
- Google Safety Center - Manage your privacy and security
- Get Cyber Safe
- How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks
- Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks
- How to Stay Safe on Ecommerce Sites