I. First Thoughts

1. Caveat Browser

  • Are these guys who they claim to be?
  • Are they legitimate?
  • Are they competent?
  • Is their information reliable?
2. Would it be embarrassing if it became known publicly that I visited this Web site?

II. What Are My Risks?

3. When I fill out a form at a Web site, could what I give them be used in a way that I don't like?

  • Name, address, E-mail address
  • Credit card number
  • Likes, dislikes, opinions.

III. On the Outside Looking In

4. What interesting things might someone find if they could peek at my hard drive or network from the Internet?

  • Confidential or privileged documents
  • Passwords
  • Network security weaknesses
5. What could someone secretly copy to my computer that I wouldn't want?
  • Viruses
  • "Stealth" browser scripts
6. Where might I unintentionally store information about me and my browsing activities?
  • Cookies
  • Copies of Web pages visited that are cached to the hard drive
  • Downloaded files
  • On-line forms
  • Browser-generated E-mail

IV. What Protections Do I Have in Place?

7. Does my ISP or network manager take sufficient measures to keep outsiders from peeking in at me?

  • Firewalls
  • Proxies
  • Gateways
  • Intrusion detection
8. Do I have the most current security patches to protect me from hostile Web sites?
  • For my browser?
  • For my computer's operating system?
  • Which of my browser security options are enabled?
9. How vulnerable am I to viruses?
  • Does my computer automatically scan for viruses?
  • Does my virus scanner have the most current list of known viruses?
10. Is it safe for me to transmit my confidential information to someone else's Web server?
  • Am I transmitting it encrypted? Are they storing it encrypted ?
  • Am I confident that the Web site I am sending this to is well-managed and adequately protected?

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