By taking certain precautions, a user can prevent their credit or debit card from being misused both online and offline.
Are you a safe cyber surfer? The stakes are high if you’re not.Every time you buy stuff online, do your banking or pay bills over the Internet, check in with your office by e-mail or just surf the Web for fun, you open a gateway to the personal information on your computer-including credit-card numbers, bank balances and more. You may also be in for costly computer repairs and lost data, due to damaging computer viruses that can invade your computer through e-mail connections.
Is the email from someone that you know?
Have you received email from this sender before?
Were you expecting email with an attachment from this sender?
What is computer security?
Computer security is the process of preventing and detecting unauthorized use of your computer. Prevention measures help you to stop unauthorized users (also known as “intruders”) from accessing any part of your computer system. Detection helps you to determine whether or not someone attempted to break into your system, if they were successful, and what they may have done.
For each computer and service you use (e-mail, chatting, online purchasing, for example), you should have a password.
Stay informed and be in touch with security related news.
Use the latest version of a good anti-virus software package which allows updation from the Internet.
Do not give out identifying information such as name, home address, school name or telephone number in a chat room.