Surf Safe on the Internet


It's important to verify the sites you visit on the Internet. A certain amount of information (such as your IP address and domain name) is automatically sent when you connect. Web sites can also track the pages you visit, determine the version of your browser and operating system, and even compromise files and passwords. Below are a few helpful tips on how to keep safe on the Internet:

  • Keep your operating system updated and patched.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep them updated.
  • Do not visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Keep your applications (programs) updated and patched, particularly if they work with your browser such as multi-media programs used for viewing videos.
  • Block pop-up windows, some of which may be malicious and hide attacks. This may block malicious software from being downloaded to your computer.

For more information, please visit:
US-CERT Newsletter on "Understanding Your Computer: Web Browsers"
US-CERT Newsletter on Evaluating Your Web Browser's Security Settings
US-CERT Newsletter on Shopping Safely Online
US-CERT Newsletter on Browsing Safely: Understanding Active Content
US-CERT Newsletter on Understanding Web Site Certificates

Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites: