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Online Resources To Support Your Privacy

Learn what's known about your online persona with a free privacy analysis. explains how you are tracked online and what to do about it. Once you understand then follow these simple steps.


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.
Your e-mail is no more private than a postcard. An easy-to-use encryption program you can download for free is PGP.

Don't reply to spam.
If you reply to the message, asking to be removed from the list, it just confirms that your address is valid.

Add a spam blocker to your computer
Try one of the following programs:

  • MailWasher for Outlook.
    Email Software to bounce unsolicited email, delete unwanted messages automatically and set up a list of approved email contacts. Note: switched to MailWasher and I am hooked, great product - Rochelle (Cyber-Help Coordinator)
  • Spamarrest for all Windows User.
    " Spam Arrest is a 100-percent effective solution for blocking automated junk emails. It works through the "CHALLENGE-RESPONSE" system. When email arrives from unknown senders, a reply "CHALLENGE" email is sent back asking senders to verify themselves by clicking on a link to the Spam Arrest website." Skip the free trial, especially favoured by those on dialup - Rochelle (Cyber-Help Coordinator)
  • Cloudmark.
    Imagine, a spam email message lands in your email, you click delete and it disappears from your Inbox - and the Inbox of your family, your friends and the entire world. Cloudmark SpamNet is a worldwide spam-fighting community that gives you spam-free email just for deleting the spam from your own Inbox.

Web Surfing

Turn on the cookie alert.
A cookie is a small file sent to your web browser by a web server to record your activities on a particular website. To block the cookie, set your browser to warn you before a cookie is written to your hard drive, then decide whether to accept or reject it. Here's how:

* 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.

You have no obligation to share your personal information with anyone, so opt-out if the offer holds no interest.

Your Computer

Make sure your computer is secure
Gibson Research Corporation offers a free diagnostic that tests your security. Go to the site and click on Shields Up! (scroll down to find it) or Trend Micros Housecall Online Hacker tester.


Online Firewall Tester!
A firewall is a combination hardware and software buffer that many companies or organizations have in place between their internal networks and the Internet. A firewall allows only specific kinds of messages from the Internet to flow in and out of the internal network. This protects the internal network from intruders or hackers who might try to use the Internet to break into those systems.

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.

What more can you do?

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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