How To Avoid Scams And Hoaxes.

By: Rick Skuw

A very popular subject on the world wide web today is all about avoiding scams, hoaxes and urban legends. Allow me to share a couple of ways to avoid some of the perils connected with being in touch with the rest of the world via the internet . As a general rule, 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 particularly to any unsolicited offer or spam you receive in your email. Scores of these are scams. The phrase "spam", just in case you don't know, refers to any unsolicited bulk email. If it is not addressed to you, or you do not recognize the sender, or you're being asked to buy something or pass along questionable information, then this is spam. My advise would be to "can the spam" immediately by deleting any email you receive from anyone you don't recognize.

The perfect way of avoiding spam, is to be very wary about who you give your email address to. My advise here is to create 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 plan of action is just to delete any unwanted email. A trick that continues to be pretty successful for myself is to set up an email rule (or filter) that automatically sends any mail not addressed to me straight to a special folder. The vast majority of this is spam and can also be easily disposed of.

As well as spams and scams, the other thing to watch out for on the Internet is hoaxes, urban legends and false information. You will discover many of these floating around the Internet these days. Watch out for any email that asks you to send money for some cause, or to forward the email to all of your friends. Virtually all of them are hoaxes. Another category of hoaxes involves virus warnings. If you receive information which suggests it is possible to get a computer virus from doing anything except opening an email attachment or running an application, then this also is almost certainly 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 sure that the attachment is legitimate before opening it. It is much safer to delete any questionable attachments and get the sender to resend them than to assume that 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 all of your important data to a different drive or media (floppy, Zip or CD-ROM) as often as possible. By doing all of these, if your system does get infected, you can restore it with the minimum of fuss.

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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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