Monday, November 16, 2009

Get Cyber Smart

After receiving a notification that the Federal Trade Commission recently introduced an online booklet, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online (the library has ordered print copies which will be available at your local library), I thought I'd revisit OnGuardOnline.gov, a joint Web site of the federal government and the tech industry that provides practical tips for avoiding Internet fraud, securing your computer and protecting your personal information.

The site's Topics section provides useful information on securing broadband service (what types of services are available, what to look for when contracting for services), what sort of scams are lurking out on the Internet, the ins and outs of online auctions, how to secure your computer and where to dispose of your PC once you are through with it.

Kids and adults alike will get a kick out of the interactive quizzes. Anyone considering doing business on eBay or a similar auction site should try their hand at AuctionAction first.

Whether you are new to the Web or have been online for years, be sure to check out OnGuardOnline.gov -- you'll definitely learn new and useful information that will ensure safer "surfing" of the Internet.

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