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Browsing the World Wide Web Guide

Here I have combined some useful hints and tips , to help you on your web travels.
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Surfing the web :
  • NEVER run your PC/Mac without good antivirus software. e.g. AVG (FREE download and updates)Norton (fee req , buy from any PC shop) AND regularly update it. This is an important point as non updated antivirus cannot detect the new strains and is therefore USELESS.
  • Install a correctly configured firewall. Usually for the home user this is a software solution.
    ( e.g. ZoneAlarm (FREE and Fee versions available , Agnitum Outpost (FREE) )
  • Before installing either new AV or Firewall software I would suggest a web search and a look through the vendor pages. Conflicts can and do occur with certain hardware and software configurations so beware !
  • Check out this Firewall comparison , and while your there have a look around the site for other security tests. (Shields Up! , Probe my ports etc ). A very useful site.
  • Download a spyware/malware detection tool ( e.g. Adaware ) , you'll be surprised the amount of cookies that are used to track you!
  • Check your browsers security at Scan IT
  • Disable thrid party cookie's
  • Turn off scripting
  • Use a pop up stopper , either one included in browser or download a free add on .
  • Donwload regular updates for your windows OS , backup up important files before you install though........
  • Subscribe to an IT newsletter and keep up to date with current events that may effect you.
  • Check that your dial up settings are still correct and have not been hijacked by a premium rate dialer
  • Create several 'disposable' new e-mail address ( e.g. Hotmail , Lycos , Freeserve )
  • When filling in forms on web use only one of your disposable e-mail accounts
  • Holding down control and scrolling mouse wheel toggles text size in most browsers
  • Internet Explorer is not the only option. Try a new browser ......( e.g Opera , Mozilla )
E-mail and Spam/Junk mail :
  • Lots of spam? Use a mail filtering tool e.g. Mailwasher . This allows you to bounce e-mail before its even downloaded from the server.
  • Disable preview pane if you are a Outlook Express user View>>Layout>>Preview Pane (uncheck box)
  • DON'T use the unsubscribe link in junk mail unless its from a trusted source.All that accomplishes is to verify that your e-mail address is valid so you get even more !
  • Hide e-mail address in newsgroup settings or use spam address (see Newsgroups section below)
  • Report spam/abuse.
  • Don't believe virus warnings or forward them on to others
  • Mail isnt always from who it appears to be!!!
  • Download a 'zip' compression utility ( e.g. WinZip (FREE) ) and compress files/pictures when you send them to friends and family.
Newsgroups :
  • Simple 'Nettiquette'. Try not to 'top post'. Dont just reply with all previous text , trim excess but keep overall sense if you can.
  • Read the group FAQ.
  • Search the group archives to see if your topic has been asked before (e.g. Group Tab on Google homepage).
  • Beware of 'trolls' out just to inflame and annoy.
  • Hide or disguise your e-mail address if you post to newsgroups. Your e-mail WILL be harvested if you dont take preventative action BEFORE posting.
    For Outlook Express the settings are in Tools>>Accounts>>News Tab>>Properties>>e-mail field.
    Something like ' xxxxxxx@nomailxxxxxx.xxxxxx.xx.xx (remove nomail to reply) ' where xxx are your normal address.
    The undesirables are getting wise to this ploy , so I suggest you make your own variation. Best way I would suggest is to use another e-mail account for only newsgroup mail replies. That way if its gets spammed badly you can just create a new one.
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