Author Avatar Examination – Question 5

by Webnme2 on Mar 14th 2010


Internet User License
Beginner’s Permit

Are You Qualified to Use the Internet?


Examination Question:


Privacy

Is your privacy protected when you use your computer on the Internet?


Answers:

This is the answer section of the exam. You can use the following information for study.

1.  No – I have to beware of identity theft and spyware

Best Answer – Your privacy is always at risk. Many free downloads and sometimes programs that you buy also install “spyware” that attempts to pass on information to the vendor about your computer habits, sites that you visit, and sometimes more. Some spam e-mails attempt to lure you into visiting a site to update credit or account information. You may click on what looks like a legitimate link and a legitimate address may even display in your browser address bar, but you may be putting your credit card and other personal information into a database owned by somebody that is “phishing” for your information to use it for identity theft. anti-spyware software

2.  Yes – I’m protected by a password

Try Again – A password protected computer is critical, but it doesn’t help you against spyware programs.

3.  Yes – I’m protected by a firewall

Try Again – Most firewalls are configured by default to restrict inbound traffic and almost always allow anything to go from your coputer to the Internet. Unless you have a personal firewall that alerts you to all outbound traffic and allows you to decide what leaves your computer, a firewall is not going to do much to help you against spyware.


Quick Guide:

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The author's first experience with computers was with Fortran IV. Wow that's ancient. After graduate school, he taught history for a number of years at a community college before becoming an attorney. In 1997 he changed careers to become a web developer/designer with an interest in all things web related. He currently maintains several dozen websites. This is his personal blog. The opinions expressed are his own.

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