07 June 2012

How to stay safe online with a click-quick mentality

Tech Savvy: How to stay safe online with a click-quick mentality - latimes.com: "If you're on Facebook you've probably seen the tantalizing come-on: full downloads of the just-released blockbuster movie, free gift cards at your favorite store, and even a look at who is peeping at your profile. The only thing these promises fulfill is making a sucker — and victim — out of you with a click that takes a nanosecond. The result can range from annoying to devastating, from a hacker hijacking your email to send nefarious offers to your friends to implanting a virus that can knock out your computer. Knowing that danger potentially lurks with every click could be enough to make you unplug. So how do you avoid being taken without going offline? To be blunt, the best overall approach is to be a bit antisocial in a social world, said Phil Lieberman, president and chief executive of Lieberman Software. Although many of us click "likes" and links as automatically as we blink, you should trust no one enough to click without thinking. Sites such as Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook encourage just the kind of click-quick mentality that works in the favor of thieves. . . " 
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