Avoid Scams, Hoaxes And Urban Legends

By: Rick Skew


A very popular subject within the internet nowadays is about avoiding scams, hoaxes and urban legends. Allow me to share a couple of ways to avoid some of the perils associated with being in touch with the rest of the world via the internet . As a general guideline , watch out for any offer that sounds too good to be true, it usually is.. This is applicable to goods being offered on the Internet and especially to any unsolicited offer or spam you receive in your email. Many of these are scams. The term "spam", in case you don't know, refers to any unsolicited bulk email. If it isn't addressed to you personally, or you don't recognize the sender, or you are being asked to buy something or pass on questionable information, then that's spam. My advise is always to "can the spam" immediately by deleting any email you receive from anyone you do not recognize.

The perfect way to avoid spam, is by being very careful about who you give your email address to. My advise here is to set up a free email account and to give this email address to anyone you don't absolutely trust with all of your individual information. It almost never does any good to fight back against spam. Your best course of action is just to delete any unwanted email. A trick that has been pretty successful for me is to set up an email rule (or filter) that automatically sends any mail not addressed to me straight to a special folder. Nearly all of this is spam and can be easily disposed of.

In addition to spams and scams, the other thing to watch out for on the Internet is hoaxes, urban legends and false information. You will discover a lot of of these floating all around the Internet these days. Watch out for any email that asks you to send money for any cause, or to forward the e-mail to your friends. Virtually all of them are hoaxes. Another category of hoaxes involves virus warnings. If you receive information that suggests you can get a computer virus from doing anything except opening an email attachment or running an application, then this also is in all probability false information.

Most computer viruses are spread by users opening email attachments that contain the virus. You should never open an eMail attachment unless you are expecting one. Even if you know the sender, make certain the attachment is legitimate before opening it. It is very much safer to delete any questionable attachments and ask the sender to resend them than to assume the sender intended to send that email.

Your best defenses against computer viruses are:
1) Caution in downloading programs from questionable sources.
2) Regularly scanning your drive with virus protection software.
3) Backing up your important data to another drive or media (floppy, Zip or CD-ROM) as regularly as possible. By doing all of these, if your system does get infected, you can restore it with a minimum of trouble.

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This article does not cover everything, but hopefully I have given you an insight in to what is involved. There are plenty of ebooks and such stuff on the internet. I always go to a company called Laptop Repair London. They do not just repair computer systems, they also provide IT support as well and they are always helpfull if you get stuck on anything.

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