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Use the Internet Safely

How do I know if I've been affected?

If you clicked "allow" when prompted by the "Google Docs" app to connect to your Google account, you have been affected. If you didn't click the link, closed the tab, or clicked "deny" then your account is safe. If you have any question, please...Read more

Adware – software that displays advertisements; you may see popup ads or a small window or bar that displays ads in your browser.

Back door – a means of accessing your computer that bypasses computer security mechanisms.

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Verify that a web site you are visiting is who it claims to be. If you see green in the address bar in your browser, the web site has an Extended Validation (EV) Cert and it’s encrypted.

Cornell’s CUWebLogin page has an EV cert. To see an example visit any campus service that uses...Read more

You can learn information about web addresses (URLs) by looking at some of their components.

Finding the Important Parts of a Complex Address

In a complicated address, like
http://cornell. / Lcons/small/emailchange/,
the real domain is...Read more

Just as the Internet makes it easy for you to find all sorts of information, you risk others finding out things about you that you don’t intend to be public.

As an experiment, search for your name in a search engine. You might be surprised at what appears. If you have a common name,...Read more

Companies use a variety of market research techniques to understand the needs and wants of consumers. Your privacy can be at risk when you participate in surveys, online communities, focus groups, and other types of market research.

To participate, you typically enter into an explicit...Read more

Malware = Malicious Software

There is no guaranteed solution to prevent malware from invading your computer, since criminals spend a lot of time finding new and innovative ways to break down computer security defenses.

Tips for keeping bad programs off your computer Enhance your...Read more

When you’re online, be particularly wary if you are asked to install software—even if it appears fairly harmless.

Before downloading and installing any new software, always read the EULA, the legal statement that you agree to before you can install the software.

Try to assess...Read more

Improve the security of your web browser.

Set preferences to ensure software updating is enabled. Use the built-in browser security settings. Disable popups in your browser or install software that will prevent popup windows if your browser cannot block them. Popup windows can be used to...Read more