Most of the World Wide Web is safe for children and young adults, but it's important to keep an eye on the sites your children visit. A good way to ensure that your children surf safely is by using the Family channel on your Personal Start Page to find safe, kid-friendly sites. There are also several children's search engines that help parents and kids find G-rated Web destinations.
To ensure that your
children do not visit inappropriate Web sites, you caninstall a content
filter, a program that blocks objectionable material before your children
can see it. The leading content filter is SurfWatch, a Windows95 and Macintosh
program that prevents children from seeing indecent Web sites or following
links to inappropriate sites.
With some of the IE exploits
that are generally unpatched, it is
Not only one can get
virus via browsing and E-mail, but if you are chatting on the Internet,
e.g. mIRC and even some versions of AIM and ICQ are vulnerable for transmission
of similar nefarious content.
You must be very careful
when sending messages through the Internet. Since each message passes
through several computers, it's possible (though unlikely) that someone
other than the intended recipient will be able to intercept and read it.
So, you should NEVER send personal information especially credit card
numbers via email.
Shopping on the Web
can be an enjoyable pastime, and most online stores are as safe as if
not safer than physical stores. However, you must be careful to avoid
security lapses when shopping online. Before you purchase something online,
make sure that the site will encrypt, or encode your credit card number.
When a message is encrypted, no one but the intended recipient can understand
it. If the site can't encrypt your number, call the company's order line
and place the order over the phone. Learn more about e-commerce.
Cookies are small text files that your browser picks up at certain Web sites and stores on your hard drive. These text files contain personal information typically, your name, address, and username that YOU provided when you registered with the Web site. This lets sites create customized pages (like your Personal Start Page), online shopping carts, and targeted ad banners.
Since cookies can
only be read by the site domain that created it, they are completely safe
and secure. Webmasters can't snoop through all your cookies and find out
information about you. Learn more about cookies.
When choosing a password,
try to pick something that is easy for you to remember but difficult for
others to guess. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR USERNAME OR YOUR REAL NAME. You should
also avoid easily guessed words like "password" or "secret."
The safest passwords include both letters and numbers. Once you have
selected a password, write it down and keep it in a secure place.