How to stay safe on the web

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  • Keep all of your software and operating system up-to-date
    Software updates contain vulnerability patches.
  • There are a lot of Firefox extensions that may help you to improve some parts of your privacy and security.
  • You may also be interested by security options available in Firefox. For more details, see Security and passwords settings.
  • If you are aware of your privacy and security, here are some handy tips:
    • 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 sites that offer some sort of reward or prize in exchange for your contact information or other personal details.
    • Be conscious of Web security: never submit a credit card number or other highly sensitive personal information without first making sure your connection is secure (encrypted); be on the lookout for "spyware"; use secure passwords and protect them with a master password; try to use Javascript only on trusted sites.
    • 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 connexion; secure your Wi-Fi network with a strong encryption (WPA or WPA2) ; use a firewall.
    • Examine privacy policies and seals: Does the site provide offline contact information? Does the site have a prominently-posted privacy policy? If so, what does it say? Do you have a reason to believe it? Have you ever heard of this company? What is their reputation? And are they backing up their privacy statement with a seal program? If you see a seal, is it real?

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