Online Resources To Support Your Privacy
Get an e-mail address for personal use.
You have little privacy protection with company e-mail; use your business address for company business only.
Use encryption software.
Don't reply to spam.
Add a spam blocker to your computer
Turn on the cookie alert.
* Netscape Navigator 5.0, go to the Edit menu, choose Preferences, then click on Advanced. Now check this box: "Warn me before accepting a cookie."
* Explorer 5.0 or a later release, go to the Tools menu, then select Internet Options. Next, click on the Security tab, then click on the Custom Level button. Scroll down the list. Under the Cookie category, check the Prompt option.Review sites' privacy policies
If no policy is available, think twice about providing personal information.
Make sure your computer is secure
Online Firewall Tester!
If you access the Internet with a dial-up account, the chances of data theft are minimal. But if you have high-speed Internet access, such as DSL or a cable modem, watch out. With these "always on" connections, you become a more likely target for hackers.
If you don't get a clean report, install a firewall. One program we recommend is ZoneAlarm. You can download it for free from ZoneLabs.
If you have Windows XP operating system it includes an Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). ICF is considered a stateful firewall. A stateful firewall is one that monitors all aspects of the communications that cross its path and inspects the source and destination address of each message that it handles.
If you are sharing a system with other users, you may want to download your own copy of "Tiny Personal Firewall 6.5". TPF 6.5 is a firewall fully supporting a multiuser environment. (30 day free trial).
Use your XP Help files to get more information on configuring and using this firewall.
Clean up your history files, location bar list and cache.
As you surf the Web, your browser both records the addresses of where you have been and stores downloaded files in a cache. If you want to keep this information from prying eyes, clear the temporary Internet files, delete the history files and the drop-down list under the address or location bar.
Netscape Navigator 4.0 or a later release, go to the Edit menu, choose Preferences, then click on Navigator. Now click on the Clear History and Clear Location Bar buttons
To clear the cache, double-click on Advanced. Now click on Cache. Finally, click on the Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache buttons.
Explorer 5.0 or a later release, under the Tools menu, select Internet Options. Now click on the General tab. Next, click on the Delete Files and Clear History buttons.
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