Guide to Common Computer Dangers
By Anna Bauman
The world of computers is a world of sharing information. From businesses placing information online for customers to view to families posting pictures on various social media sites, the computer world is far reaching. For the vast majority of computer and online users, this is a safe place to visit and share information with others. However, it is increasingly becoming a dangerous place where the information being shared can potentially be accessed by others.
The Internet can be dangerous, but you can limit your risks by taking a few simple precautions.
In today's world that relies on technology, there are increasing risks that people face. Online and computer fraud, including Identity Theft, has become one of the fastest growing crimes that claims millions of victims every year. In addition, another new danger has emerged in the form of cyberbullying. All of these are potential dangers for computer and online users.
In our everyday life we visit many websites to receive the information that we need. By visiting different sites we are potentially exposing our computers to hidden dangers. They include having spyware, computer viruses and other dangers downloaded to your computer. These could result in having our computers and email accounts hijacked and accessed by others.
Computers are a vital part of our everyday lives. And, for the majority of time, we are safe from external forces which could cause problems. However, the dangers do exist and we need to be aware of the potential for trouble.
To learn more about these dangers, we have put together the following information which will hopefully keep you safe.
Computer and Online Fraud
Internet fraud and identity theft victimize millions of computer users every year. Find out how to avoid fraud with these resources.
Most simple user-created passwords are easily deciphered with modern computer programs. These links help you create a stronger password that will resist hacking attempts.
Cyberbullies harass Internet users on and offline, creating a tremendous amount of stress; these websites provide information about cyberbullying and prevention tips.
Spyware and Other Hidden Dangers
Learn about spyware and other malicious software and take appropriate steps to protect your computer.
What is Spyware? - Brief definition of spyware and how it can be destructive to your computer.
Beware of Spyware - In this government web page you will learn more about spyware and how it gets on your computer.
Spyware Overview - A helpful article which looks at how spyware can be damaging.
Spyware, Adware and Malware - University of Purdue web page which looks at various dangers that can be found on your computer.
These links provide information about different types of computer viruses along with helpful information for preventing infections.
While spam may seem like a minor inconvenience, some unwanted email messages contain fraudulent links and viruses. Learn to protect yourself with these resources.
Spam Information - This page from Stanford University looks at the dangers of spam.
Spam Definition - A helpful article that provides a definition of email spam.
Spam and Email Fraud - Informative government page which looks at the problems of spam and emails.
Fight Internet Spam - A web page that provides information and resources on how consumers can fight spam.
Guide for Kids
Young computer users need to take special care when using the Internet. These guides provide parents and kids with important tips and information about computer safety.