Ten Things I Think about When I Surf the Net
I. First Thoughts
1. Caveat Browser
- Are these guys who they claim to be?
- Are they legitimate?
- Are they competent?
- Is their information reliable?
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
- Network security weaknesses
- "Stealth" browser scripts
- 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?
- Intrusion detection
- For my browser?
- For my computer's operating system?
- Which of my browser security options are enabled?
- Does my computer automatically scan for viruses?
- Does my virus scanner have the most current list of known viruses?
- 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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