Safebooking - The Byte Lounge Guide to Staying Safe Online


This is a little guide (which is by no means comprehensive) of tips on how to stay safe online. It deals particularly with key logging, but there are also some tips in there about regular online safety.


The Internet is a wonderful world full of exciting possibilities… but it’s also home to some of the most savage, ruthless, cunning, evil and demented criminals. Sure, IM-ing your buddies, Facebooking, or emailing is real fun, but you may be inadvertently opening yourself up to these ruthless pests that are cyber-criminals. In this last section, I’ll give you a few pointers on how to stay safe, whilst still enjoying your time online!

1. Never give out personal details.
I don’t know how many times you’ve probably heard this, but I’ll say it again: giving out personal details, such as your date of birth, phone number, home address, sometimes even your email address, can be extremely dangerous, unless you’re 100% sure you know who you’re talking to.

2. Don’t Reply to Spam.
Spam is a real pest in the Internet world. That’s why it’s important to have a strong spam filter for your email box. I suggest Gmail, a free email service from Google with unlimited storage, and a rock-solid spam filter. In the three years that I’ve used this service, I have rarely encountered any spam. Another thing to note is to never reply to spam: this way, the spammer is able to obtain your personal details, such as email address, and then they’ll have easy access to pestering you with continuous spam.

3. Beware the Key logger!
Key loggers are probably the nastiest thing to come out of the Internet Age. What basically happens is this: a key logger sends surreptitiously sends you a program (called a key stroke capture program) that hides somewhere on your system. So, the next time you log onto the Internet, and enter personal details, such as your banking details to an Internet banking site, this program tracks each key pressed as you type in details such as your password. Then, to further add fuel to the fire, the program quickly takes a snapshot of the current page you’re visiting (such as your Internet banking site), and sends all this information back to the key logger. This may seem really scary, but never fear, for there is a way to combat the evil of key logging: there are many applications out on the web that can prevent key loggers from accessing your PC. Simply initiate a search in Google for “anti-key logging programs”, and choose one that best suits your needs.

The Internet is a wonderful world that we can make use of in a way beneficial to our lives. But with it comes the responsibility of making sure you keep safe online. Cyber crime is amongst the most devastating types of crime in the world. Don’t let it ruin your experience of enjoying the wonders of the Internet age.

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