1) Switch your web browsers to Firefox, Mozilla, Safari, or anything else besides Internet Explorer
This is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself online. Iíve mentioned before that Iím a fan of staying secure by staying out of the line of fire. Internet Explorer is well known for being in the crosshairs of viruses, spyware, and adware. I know I know, Microsoft is releasing the highly anticipated version 7, supposedly a security light-year ahead of everything else. A web browser so revolutionary itís being pushed as a mandatory upgrade! Talk about an attractive target for malicious hackers. In my view itís best to use an alternate product and remain out of the fray. If a website REALLY does need IE and you REALLY need to use the website, make sure the website is legit, then itís reasonably safe to fire up IE.
2) Add more security to your web browser
No matter what browser you choose, the Web is a hostile place and they all need a little help to defend themselves. NoScript (Firefox extension), Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar, E-Bay Toolbar, and Google Toolbar are great products that do just that. These add-ons help identify phishing websites, prevent your computer from being hacked, and passwords from falling into the wrong hands. Most people will only need the first two add-ons, but if you are an E-Bay buyer, using theirs is essential is well.
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