Safe on the Internet

Malicious gossip has it that the largest safety risk is still the human being – it is an argument that in view of  declining system philosophy, the rising volume of malware and increasing carelessness on the part of many people due to the philosophy applied by the "new" media cannot be completely denied.

That is why it never harms to repeatedly call to mind certain basic rules for safe conduct on the Internet:

  •     Never click any URLs that you receive unexpectedly and which have been mailed by persons you do not know
  •     Insist on certificates and safe connections
  •     Never disclose personal data on sites that do not appear trustworthy
  •     Never download "cracked" programs or key generators from the Internet
  •     Never open e-mail attachments from unknown senders
  •     Use different complex passwords for different services and change them regularly
  •     Avoid networking services and accounts
  •     Never be tempted by suspiciously bargain offers
  •     Make sure URLs and company names are spelt correctly
  •     Comply with the data protection regulations of websites that you visit, and their any legal notices
  •     Keep yourself up to date on any current threats or malware campaigns
  •     Be distrustful: if a link or file seems strange, don't click on it!
  •     Be cautious about whom you give your personal data and what you disclose about yourself online

However, even during "harmless" Internet surfing there is a risk of your PC or network being infiltrated by uninvited guests. On its own, the good advice of only visiting "trustworthy" websites is not sufficient (any more).So-called drive-by infections that are becoming more and more popular with malware producers often also infiltrate "innocent" websites – without the knowledge of or action on the part of site owners. Assailants are difficult for non-malware analysts to detect, introducing harmful Java code into a site – and consequently load malware onto the computer of the unsuspecting surfer via a hidden iframe. This risk threatens not only sites with "shady" content but also religious sites, travel portals, corporate websites and the like.These "blackhole exploit kits" usually exploit security gaps in browsers or an application such as Flash Player or Java applets that have been tampered with. Despite all caution and following good and useful advice for safe conduct on the Internet it is also important to protect the hardware and software being used.


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