Staying Safe Online

By Joli Ballew
December 2012
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9780273774730
224 pages, Illustrated
$37.50 paper original


Learn everything you need to know about staying safe online - A vital resource to help readers exploit all of its possibilities without worrying and panicking about safety issues.

This book is for anyone who is starting to undertake more and more social, home and financial activities online and who is worrying about the best way to keep themselves and their personal information safe whilst doing so. It outlines basic safety and security strategies, tools and resources that are available for use, and will strip away the panic, mystique and insecurity around areas of concern for anyone going online, such as viruses & malware, identity theft, email hoaxes & scams, information security, safety in social networking and keeping kids and grandkids safe from cyberbullying.

This series of vibrant books will teach you exactly what you need to know using

To build your confidence and help you to get the most out of your computer, practical hints, tips and shortcuts feature on every page:

§ ALERT!– Explains and provides practical solutions to the most commonly

encountered problems

§ HOT TIPS– Time and effort saving shortcuts

§ SEE ALSO… - Points you to other related tasks and information

§ DID YOU KNOW? – Additional features to explore

§ WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?– Jargon and technical terms explained in plain English


Top 10 staying safe online tips

1. Create strong passwords for websites

2. Install anti-virus software

3. Know common signs of scam emails

4. Explore your web browser’s safety and security options

5. Don’t click ads!

6. Learn what you should never share online

7. Obtain free software safely

8. Consider free software like Windows Live Family Safety

9. Log off or lock your computer

10. Check for and resolve security issues

1. Introduction to internet safety

2. Fighting against viruses, adware, and malware

3. Avoiding threats in email

4. Avoiding spam

5. Using alternative web browsers

6. Avoiding phishing, pop-ups, ads and other website threats

7. Shopping safely on the web

8. Using social networking sites safely

9. Sharing your personal information on the web

10. Exploring free software

11. Keeping children and grandchildren safe

12. Dealing with cyberbullying, cybercrime, and cyberstalking

13. Securing your computer and network

Top 10 Staying Safe Online Problems Solved

1. My computer is acting strangely, but it’s not a virus!

2. I created an account for my grandchild but he keeps logging on to mine!

3. My child is being bullied online. How do I report it?

4. How can I best protect my computer from viruses and other malware?

5. I want to report an unsafe website.

6. I’ve been shopping for presents and need to delete my browsing history.

7. How can I be sure that I can trust a website with my credit card information?

8. I think my computer has a virus. What can I do?

9. When I visit websites, I have to close a lot of pop-up ads.

10. My child installed software I didn’t approve of. How can I prevent this in future?



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